Strength is depth the secret to Deeping’s success

Mehul Adatia bowling
Mehul Adatia bowling

Strength in depth is the key to Lincolnshire Premier League leaders Market Deeping’s success.

Deeping, who travel to Lindum tomorrow, beat Louth by three wickets last Saturday to move three points clear at the top.

Skipper David Gillett said: “We have nobody in the top ten for the league’s runs or wickets taken which shows our strength in depth.

“We have a number of batsmen who could all bat from two to eight and we have at least seven bowlers which means we can vary the attack.

“Batsmen can settle into the style of a bowler but we can change it frequently.”

The tactic worked perfectly last week when four bowlers took wickets.

Mehul Adatia was again on top form, taking three for 39 from his 17 overs, as Louth were dismissed for 192 at Outgang Road.

Adatia also took a couple of catches including Louth’s top scorer Azeem Ghumman off Tom Andrews’ bowling for 51.

Andrews finished with two for 21, Kamran Raza two for 62, and teenager Daniel George chipped in with one for 44. Ali Sharp was left without a wicket but conceded just 18 runs from his six overs.

After a slow start to their innings – Deeping lost openers Chris Jones and Paul Bird for 2 and 10 respectively – they began to rally. Adatia added 48 and Kamran Raza’s unbeaten 42 in the middle order steered the Outgang Road club over the line to 195-7.

Stag nights and other commitments will hit availability tomorrow but Gillett, who fielded eight teenagers in Monday’s Stamford Knockout Shield victory against Newborough, isn’t concerned by the absences.

“It’s not ideal but confidence is high and we still have players who would get into many sides,” said the Deeping skipper.

“We have consistently played young lads and they have become adult cricketers. They are unfazed by big-hitters and have good technique.

“It gives us huge pride to see the youth players coming through and deliver.”