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Nine-wicket win as Market Deeping CC beat Bourne CC in league upset





Josh Smith’s brilliant 94 not out helped cause an upset as Market Deeping 1sts defeated fourth-place Bourne in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday.

Due to the weather, the game was reduced to 26 overs yet that didn’t stop the visitors from taking away 19 points after they won the toss and elected to field.

Bowlers Hayatullah Niaza and Kester Sainsbury took the new ball but couldn’t capitalise on the conditions as the Bourne batsmen – Jordan Temple and Courtney Kruger – got off to a good start.

A chance goes begging in the field for Market Deeping against Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
A chance goes begging in the field for Market Deeping against Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

By the fifth over Matthew Mills was brought on as Bourne had already put on 29 runs.

The change proved to have an instant impact as Mills dismissed Bourne captain Temple on 15 with his fourth ball.

Kruger held his own with new partner Jonathan Cheer. Kruger made 47 in 38 balls before falling to Josh Smith as Bourne were 87-2.

Matthew Mills took 4-36 for Market Deeping against Bourne.
Matthew Mills took 4-36 for Market Deeping against Bourne.

The rest of the bowling threat came from Mills who took the rest of the wickets with Sam Evison departing for 16.

Cheer scored 42 off 35 balls before Mills dismissed him leg before.

It didn’t take long for Mills to remove Carl Wilson who was caught behind by David Seargeant for a third-ball duck.

Market Deeping’s Kester Sainsbury in full flow against Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Market Deeping’s Kester Sainsbury in full flow against Bourne. Photo: Chris Lowndes

That was the last wicket to fall, however, as Dan Freeman blazed an unbeaten 42 off 32 balls, and Robert Dunn ended 18 not out as Bourne posted 201-5 off 26 overs.

Market Deeping openers Connor Gillet and Smith made light work of the Bourne bowlers and put on an impressive 135-run partnership for first wicket.

Many of the Bourne bowlers failed to make an impact as a successful chase seemed somewhat inevitable.

The breakthrough came in the 17th over when Tom Dixon had Gillet caught behind for 63 off 58 balls.

Bourne’s Jonathan Cheer scored 42 off 35 balls. Photos: Chris Lowndes
Bourne’s Jonathan Cheer scored 42 off 35 balls. Photos: Chris Lowndes

Smith and Hayatullah Niazi saw it home by reaching the target by the 24th over and helping their team win the game by nine wickets.

Smith carried his bat through the innings ending on 94 not out from just 62 balls, an innings that included 10 fours and three sixes.

Niazi hit a staggering five sixes in his 43 not out from just 20 deliveries.



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