SIBLING rivalries as well as town rivalries will be at stake when Bourne make the short trip to Outgang Road tomorrow.
Bourne and Market Deeping have both begun the season well in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League but neither won last week and the two sides will be desperate not to lose further ground on early leaders Bracebridge Heath.
Market Deeping sit second after a draw at Louth last Saturday when they were without batsman Jamie Morgan.
But Morgan is expected to return to tomorrow’s side, ready to face his brother, Bourne skipper, Pete Morgan.
“It’s a strange kind of friendly rivalry between us,” said the Bourne man. “He’s had the upper hand to far this season. He hit 50 odd in the Sunday game between us.
“Hopefully I can level that out tomorrow.”
Morgan has kept a close eye on tomorrow’s opponents and said: “They are looking strong. It will be a good challenge and will have a little extra because it’s a derby game.
“If you look at both sides there are talented players. I think a team ethic will be crucial. The team that plays together well will usually come out on top.
“Tom Andrews has done well for them recently and Dave Gillett is always pretty useful with the bat but we have Charlie (Hopkins) and Fahad (Masood) who are bowling very well at the moment.
He added: “It might come down to a stand out performance by one of the bowlers. If they can take a five wicket haul that could swing it.”
Bourne’s greatest inconsistency has, like last year, been with the bat.
Last weekend Conrad Louth struck a fine 79 and Ben Stroud made 47 but elsewhere Bourne’s batsmen faltered. Only David Christsmas, batting at number 8, put up further resistance, ending on 27 not out as Bourne made 207.
And unless Bourne’s bowling is firing on all cylnders, Bourne may need to score more.
Morgan said: “207 was not the worst of scores and it was defendable but we did not click in the field. They batted well early on and took the momentum.”
Tomorrow’s opponents drew with Louth and were on the receiving end of a record-breaking innings from opener Aaron Brindle who became the first ever woman to score a century at this level of ECB cricket.
Tomorrow’s clash starts at 12.30pm.