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Perera picks up four wickets before Sam steers Deeping to memorable win

Market Deeping delivered the result of the day in the Lincolnshire Premier League after toppling reigning champions Bracebridge Heath for the first time ever on Saturday.

Jamie Morgan's men claimed a terrific two-wicket success at Cross O'Cliff Court to inflict a third defeat of the season on the perennial title winners who had never lost a league match with Deeping prior to Saturday's clash.

The hosts had won the toss and predictably elected to bat first on a baking hot day, but the wicket seemed to favour the bowler with runs hard to come by.

Sachithra Perera took four wickets (13221609)
Sachithra Perera took four wickets (13221609)

Vikram Atri (20) and David Whapplington (21) had got Bracebridge off to a solid start with a 38-run opening partnership.

However, Matt Rose made the vital breakthrough to have Atri caught by James Hook with Sachithra Perera then running out Whapplington to leave the hosts on 62-2.

Deeping then started to assert their authority on proceedings as they took a further two Bracebridge wickets for the concession of just 16 runs.

Perera trapped Will Carter leg before with Hook then Samansiri Hannadige caught behind by wicket-keeper Sam Malton which left Bracebridge on 78-4.

Brett Houston continued to keep the runs ticking over, but the wickets continued to fall at the other end.

After Carl Stubbs had been bowled by Perera with the score on 109-5, Bracebridge lost another three wickets while adding just 20 runs.

Mehul Adatia bowled Andy Carter before Perera had Matthew Knights caught by Kieran Judd without scoring.

The Sri Lankan trapped Alex Moor leg before with his next delivery which left Bracebridge struggling on 129-8.

Houston and James Kimber added 37 runs for the penultimate wicket before the latter was out leg before to Tom Anderson for 10.

Houston was then the final Bracebridge wicket to fall four runs later after being caught by Anderson off Josh Smith for his side's top score of 70.

Perera finished as the pick of the Deeping bowlers with 4-29 from his 14-over spell.

Sam Malton guided Market Deeping to victory. (13221670)
Sam Malton guided Market Deeping to victory. (13221670)

Deeping lost a couple of early batsmen in their reply as Carter claimed the wickets of Judd and Connor Gillett cheaply with the visitors on 16-2.

Smith and Hook rallied the Deeping charge with the former thumping four fours and a six in his 34 until he was trapped leg before by Alex Moor.

Hook (31) was then joined by Malton as they added a vital 41 runs for the fourth wicket until Kimber started to sweep through the middle order.

He dismissed Hook leg before bowling Dave Sargeant as Deeping stuttered to 94-5 which soon become 108-6 as skipper Morgan also fell to Kimber for 12.

Malton and Rose brought the match back in Deeping's favour by adding 37 runs for the seventh wicket which took the visitors to 145-7.

Carter returned to the home attack to bowl Rose for 19 and then Kimber claimed his foourth wicket by having Perera caught by Atri for six.

However, Malton remained unmoved and his unbeaten 43 was supported by Adatia (7no) as Deeping claimed a memorable win with 13 balls to spare.

The victory leaves Deeping in seventh spot at the halfway stage of the league season.

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