MARKET Deeping skipper David Gillett is playing down his side’s title chances despite thumping 2010 champions Bourne on Saturday.
Deeping inflicted a 113 run defeat on the 2010 champions to maintain their second place behind perennial Lincolnshire ECB Premier challengers, Bracebridge Heath, but Gillett refuses to get carried away.
“The resources we put into our playing side are much lower than our competitors,” warned Gillett.
“But sometimes the sum of the parts is greater than the individual and Saturday’s win was very satisfying. Any victory is good but it’s always a treat to beat the champions and our rivals from up the road.”
Deeping were simply better with bat and ball on Saturday, setting a decent 225-9 off 50 overs.
Tom Andrews then took five wickets as Bourne once again failed with the bat being despatched back up the A15 for 112 runs after 27 overs.
Gillett’s tactics worked perfectly on Saturday. Jamie Morgan, brother of the Bourne skipper, Pete, fell for just 10 runs but Richard Witt (49) and Josh Bowers (38) took the sting out of Bourne’s opening attack of Fahad Masood and Charlie Hopkins before Lee Peacock smashed his way to 58, setting the tone for his innings with a six for his first scoring shot.
Gillett said: “We like to use Lee at the right time in an innings. He hits the ball hard and when it’s his day he’s a dangerous batsman.
“Richard and Josh both grafted very hard for important innings.”
But it was Andrews’ wickets that finished Bourne off and his skipper was delighted to see his bowler taking rewards for consistent bowling.
“He has bowled superbly for a few years but got no reward. He bowled straight and made the batsmen play, then they make mistakes and you take your chances. I’ve seen him bowl better and take nothing.”
Bourne batsmen have struggled to fire on all cylinders at the crease on a number of occasions and Deeping took advantage with skipper Pete Morgan bowled by Ali Sharp for just 3.
Ben Stroud made 32 before the falling to one of three lbw decisions, and Conrad Louth added 24 but elsewhere Bourne’s batsmen were cheaply dismissed. The ever-reliable David Christmas (14) was the only other Bourne player to make double figures on a very good afternoon for Deeping’s Thomas Andrews who finished with five for 37 off 13 overs.
Deeping’s side features a lot of young players alongside the experience of Gillett and he added: “I get a buzz seeing what we can say we have produced.
“We have 20 kids representing teams at county level and players like Sam George, Alex Wheatley and Matt Rose all performing and Josh Bowers is a regular feature in our first side. There’s a wealth of talent coming through.
“There are teams who spend heavily on mercenary players but once the money goes they always fall back.
“We’ll have our strongest side out on Saturday against Hartsholme so we will probably go in as favourites now.”
Bourne skipper Pete Morgan described his side’s performance as “very disappointing”, adding: “We let ourselves down.
“We gave away too many runs and were perhaps unlucky with a few decisions.”
The result drops Bourne to sixth after six games but it’s a far better position than Bourne were in at this time last season, when they went on to win the league.