Batsmen will play vital role in derby showdown

Market Deeping and Bourne meet again in the Lincolnshire Premier League tomorrow
Market Deeping and Bourne meet again in the Lincolnshire Premier League tomorrow
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Get the batting right and Bourne will give their high-flying rivals Deeping a run for their money in the derby at Outgang Road tomorrow.

It’s a reversal of fortune after recent years with Deeping leading until their narrow defeat at Grimsby last week and Bourne languishing in ninth.

“Deeping will be a tough test. They have a few new players this season and have started well,” warned Bourne skipper Pete Morgan, who was one of few batsmen to settle at the crease against Woodhall Spa last weekend.

Morgan hit 60 at the Abbey Lawn but Sathpath Kelum claimed Stewart Airey’s wicket for 15, triggering a collapse that included four ducks as he took 6 for 37 for the visitors.

Bourne finished on 142, a target Woodhall Spa reached with five wickets in hand as Sri Lankan Prasanna Jayawardena hit 57.

Morgan said poor shot choice was to blame but reckons his side has what it takes to win the derby and do well in Monday’s Winkworth finale.

“A few boys chose the wrong shots. Hopefully we will learn from it.

“We have a very good side. We just need to get into the winning habit. If we play like I know we can, I fancy our chances. If we play like we did the last couple of weeks, anything could happen.”

He added: “It’s an exciting weekend. Twenty20 suits us quite well as our batsmen tend to be a little flamboyant. Any of the four teams left could win it.”

Tomorrow’s match at Market Deeping starts at 12.30pm.

The Abbey Lawn side are due to face Skegness in the first semi-final of the day at 10.30am. The winners will take on either Louth or Bracebridge Heath in the final at 4.30pm.

Bourne’s top-of-the-table 2nd XI meanwhile will host Stamford in the South Lincolnshire and Border League tomorrow afternoon.

They moved top with a 153 run victory against Woodhall Spa seconds.

Three half centuries helped the visitors to 249 for seven before Woodhall were bowled out for 96.

Rob Bentley (50), Tom Bentley (76) and David Christmas (55) provided the backbone of Bourne’s innings.