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Sri Lankan stars after Malton makes crucial half-century

A sensational seven wicket haul from Sachithra Perera helped Market Deeping claim a vital victory in Saturday's Lincolnshire Premier League clash with Alford at Outgang Road.

Perera produced a stunning spell of 7-46 off 10.2 overs as Alford were bowled out for 171 in reply to Deeping's 213-8.

The hosts had been asked to bat first by an Alford side who are still seeking their first victory of the campaign.

Cricket Action Market Deeping v Alford. Pictured Batsman Mehul Adatia.. (11144190)
Cricket Action Market Deeping v Alford. Pictured Batsman Mehul Adatia.. (11144190)

Josh Smith (13) and Kieran Judd (10) both fell to the bowling of Andrew White as Alford made early inroads into the Deeping batting line-up.

James Hook and Dave Sargeant also fell cheaply, but Connor Gillett remained defiant at the top of the order with an excellent 42.

Sam Malton then took over the run-making mantle as he hit an unbeaten 50 with skipper Jamie Morgan providing solid support with 32.

Ali Sharp, batting at number 10, then made a crucial contribution of 21 as Deeping closed their 50 overs on 213-8.

Cricket Action Market Deeping v Alford.. (11144193)
Cricket Action Market Deeping v Alford.. (11144193)

Andrew White was the pick of the Alford bowlers with 3-40 from 14 overs while Steve Kirkham and Tom White also took two wickets apiece.

Sharp and Hook made early breakthroughs in the Alford reply by dismissing openers Llord Batchelor and Josh Hallam.

George Gregory (23) and Jack Wightwick (19) rallied the Alford ship but, when Perera was introduced into the home attack, Deeping took a stranglehold on the game.

Although Andrew White followed up his three-wicket haul by top-scoring with 76, four of the last seven batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as Perera plundered his way through their visiting line-up.

He trapped three batsmen leg before, claimed a couple of wickets courtesy of catches from Dan George and Sargeant, before bowling both Andrew White and last man Antonio Garcia-Baker to give Deeping a 42-run success.

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