Deeping Dragons succumb to high-flying Crows in the Jaidka Cup semi-final

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Steve Seymour claimed a hat-trick as March Crows beat Market Deeping Dragons by 30 runs in the semi-final of the Jaidka Cup at Outgang Road yesterday (Sunday).

The Aussie returned outstanding figures of 4-13 from four overs as Deeping were dismissed for 121, although the losers were not happy with the ball March provided for their innings.

“It was a ‘two-piece’ ball which offered unnatural swing,” moaned Deeping skipper David Gillett. “Some very ordinary bowlers were able to do extraordinary things with it. Such a ball should not be allowed in the biggest Twenty/20 competition in the area.”

Cricket balls made out of two pieces of leather rather than four are generally accepted to be of lower quality and are more often used for practice rather than competitive action.

Stuart Mills (2-15) also impressed with the ball for March who ran through a decent batting order on a flat track.

Earlier in-form Aussie Stephen Shaw (64) had dominated the March innings of 151-5. March, who entered the Jaidka this season for the first time in several years, have also beaten favourites Peterborough Town and holders Wisbech Town on their way to a final against Bourne - who travel with the grand name of Royal Challengers Bournegalore in Twenty/20 action - which takes place at Bretton Gate on Wednesday (June 25, 6pm start).

Tonight (Monday) Nassington host Stamford Town and Ufford Park entertain Ketton Lions in the semi-finals of the Stamford KO Shield (6pm starts).