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Market Deeping Cricket Club are defeated by Grantham in the Lincolnshire Premier League

An excellent innings from Zeeshan Manzoor was unable to prevent Market Deeping from falling to their second successive Lincolnshire Premier League defeat on Saturday.

Manzoor was unbeaten at the close on 76 not out as Deeping finished their 50 overs on 223-9 which proved to be 55 runs shy of hosts Grantham's first innings total.

Grantham had been indebted to a super century from opener Jaden Fell after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Zeeshan Manzoor (46770177)
Zeeshan Manzoor (46770177)

Fell and Ross Carnelley produced a superb opening stand of 148 until the latter was trapped leg before by Josh Smith for 76.

Smith also bowled Joe Kendall for 12 to finish with 2-45 from his 10 overs while Mehul Adatia bagged a brace including the scalp of Fell.

The Grantham opener was eventually dismissed for 115 courtesy of a Sam Malton stumping off Adatia's delivery.

Adatia also bowled Daniel Freeman as Grantham posted 278-4 from their 50 overs with Ben Coddington unbeaten on 45 at the close.

Deeping lost opener Smith for four and then Connor Gillett was trapped leg before on 11 by Mason Hilldrith to leave Deeping on 37-2.

Dave Sargeant and Sam Malton started the revival by adding 54 runs for the third wicket until the former Deeping skipper was caught by Craig Corby off Kendall for a run-a-ball 58 that included nine fours.

Manzoor then joined Malton at the crease and they added a further 57 runs for the next wicket until the visiting wicket-keeper was caught by James Dobson off Fell for 36.

Deeping captain James Hook helped add a further 30 runs for the next wicket with Manzoor until he departed for 13.

Manzoor remained strong despite the wickets tumbling around him as Deeping's next four batsmen to fall all failed to reach double figures.

With the overs running out, Manzoor was three runs short of his half-century when Hook departed but managed to work the strike to ensure he had reached 76 not out by the time the final ball had been bowling with the score on 223-9.

Manzoor managed to hit six fours and two sixes in his 82-ball innings which helped Deeping secure five points and deny Grantham a maximum haul.

Deeping host a Woodhall Spa side on Saturday at Outgang Road who have also lost both of their opening two league games.

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