Market Overton skipper Paul Thwaites is all fired up for Sunday’s derby and says it’s time for Marko to get the better of their old rivals.
Uppingham have beaten Thwaites’ side twice this season - first in the Rutland League, then in the Rutland Twenty20 - and the Marko skipper is still smarting from those losses.
“It is time to make amends,” he said. “It is time to show we are better than the results suggest.
“I think we should have beaten them twice but we failed because we were not good enough twice.”
“They are a great side no question. But we lost both games through our own fault.”
He explained: “In the first game we bowled them out for about 150 and didn’t chase it down, and in the Twenty20 we restricted then to 120ish and then threw it away.”
Which team takes the derby honours could hinge on Marko’s bowling. Uppingham’s bowling and fielding has been excellent all season while their batsmen have shown how they can punish bowlers on their day. Martin Bennett and Jamie Richardson shared a 146 second-wicket partnership in last Sunday’s John Wilcox Cup quarter final win at Castle Hill.
Marko, on the other hand, showed two sides to their bowling last Sunday - an expensive opening spell and then an explosive, brutal assault in which Thwaites bagged seven wickets.
Medbourne cracked 40 runs off four overs at Market Overton last weekend and it was like poking a dog with a stick, triggering an emphatic response from the division two leaders.
Medbourne were chasing a modest 156 but after conceding 40 runs, Marko’s bowlers went on the rampage. The skipper took 7 for 50 (after shipping 30 runs in the opening spell) and Mike Roberts ended with 3 for 26 as Medbourne were dismissed for 104 in 23 overs.
“They came out all guns blazing,” said Thwaites, whose side boast 10 victories in 11 matches and host their county rivals Uppingham on Sunday.
“After tea they hit 40 off four overs. Nobody has done that to us all season and we didn’t like it.
“So we changed a few things. Mike pinned them back and they had to attack me more.
“They are a decent outfit but I always felt that once we got among them we could cause damage.”