Market Deeping captain David Gillett doesn’t accept that his side are warm Jaidka Cup Final favourites when they tackle Nassington at Barnack CC tonight (Wednesday, 6pm).
Deeping play at a higher standard and are taking on a side who have never won the area’s most prestigious Twenty/20 competition, but current form will ensure there is no complacency from Gillett’s team.
Nassington have won nine of their 10 Twenty/20 matches this summer, only losing their perfect record when beaten by a powerful Oundle side in the semi-finals of the Rutland League competition on Sunday (June 21).
“You have to respect Nassington’s record in this format,” Gillett said. “They’ve beaten some very good sides whereas our younger players are still learning the best way to play Twenty/20 cricket. I wouldn’t even say we are favourites.
“It’s a cup we want to win though. We enter several Twenty/20 competitions, but this is the one we prioritise.”
The Lincs Premier Division side have endured a barren run in the Jaidka. They won back-to-back cups in 2007 and 2008, but have drawn a blank since. Their last success was at Barnack though and Deeping have the advantage of having played their semi-final on the ground two weeks ago.
Deeping also beat reigning champions Bourne this season.
“There are some short boundaries at Barnack, but it can be a bowler-friendly track,” Gillett added. “We won well there in the semi-final, but I’m expecting this game to be a lot closer.”
Deeping will expect more good form from South African import Emile Kriek who hasn’t failed to pass 50 in five Twenty/20 innings this summer.
Nassington are without their in-form Kiwi Ryan Duffy - he scored his second Cambs Division One ton for the club on Saturday (June 20) - who is on holiday. He will be missed, but Nassington also have Cambs Minor Counties player Dan Robinson and the talented Craig brothers, Conor and Harrison, in their ranks.
Nassington beat Peterborough Town, Castor and Ramsey on their way to the final, but they have never lifted the Jaidka Cup.
Nassington lost in the 2009 final to Peterborough Town.