SKEGNESS captain Saeed Bariwala remained upbeat despite seeing his team knocked off the top of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
A below par performance saw them concede the highest score of the day at Outgang Road and then stumble to 186 all out in response.
The defeat leaves the seasiders five points adrift of Haxey, who inflicted Bracebridge Heath’s first defeat of the season.
But Bariwala was philosophical. He said: “The extras and dropped catches cost us the game, but there is still a long way to go to the end of the season.
“You are always going to get one bad day in the season; we now have to fight back really hard. I back the boys to do that.
“We have just got to make sure that when we get in we get on,” he said, referring to the fact that a handful of batsmen reached the 20s and 30s but failed to build a big total.
Matches at Deeping are traditionally high-scoring affairs, with such short boundaries, so, after putting their opponents into bat, the seasiders didn’t need to help them out with a half century of extras.
But that’s what they did, handing them an average of one extra per over throughout the innings. No balls totalled 24 and wides 13.
Deeping opener Jamie Morgan did most of the damage with the bat, scoring 93 before Oliver Pringle trapped him leg before wicket.
Bariwala was the pick of the Skegness bowlers, finishing with figures of three for 55 from his 17 overs.
But dropped catches let the home side off the hook at important points in their innings and they went on to make 239.
In response, Skegness batted Ali Sharp out of the attack, scoring 27 off his first three overs, but they lost opener Paul Butler early on.
They then made steady progress before Tom Atallah ripped through the top order.
Sean Chamberlain and Adrian Gordon steadied things but both fell to catches off Matthew Rose when well placed to go on and make a big score.
It was then left to Atallah to return and finish off the Skegness innings on the penultimate ball of his 17th over.
Skegness’s top scorer was extras on a day they will want to put behind them as quickly as possible. Match Sponsor: Packaging Lincs.
On Saturday they travel to Bourne, who lost to Sleaford last weekend.
n Skegness 2nds, meanwhile, slumped to an eight wicket defeat at Richmond Drive on Saturday.
The seasiders were bowled out for 68 and the visitors knocked the runs off for the loss of just two wickets. Belton Park won by eight wickets. Match sponsor was Roman Bank Bingo.
Market Deeping - J.Morgan, lbw b Pringle, 93; R Witt lbw b Bariwala, 9; J.Bowers st A Santini b Bariwala, 14; A. Wheatly ct Gordon b Butler, 6; D.Gillet ct Bariwala b Pringle, 37; C.Jones not out, 23; T.Attallah ct Pringle b Bariwala, 6; R.Bainborough, A.Sharp, M.Rose, K.Green, did not bat. Extras 51, Total 239 for six.
Bowling - A.Gordon 8-0-48-0; O Pringle 14-2-70-2; P.Butler 11-2-52-1; S.Bariwala 17-2-55-3.
Skegness 1st team - P.Butler ct Bainborough b Green, 5; P.Houghton b Atallah, 31; O.Pringle ct Wheatley b Atallah, 28; S.Bariwala ct Bowers b Atallah, 0; Sean Chamberlain ct Bowers b Rose, 33; A.Gordon ct Atallah b Rose, 24; A.Santin ct & b Rose, 9; M O’Dare b Wheatley, 1; D.Jacobs b Atallah, 12; M.Santini not out, 5; Steve Chamberlain lbw b Atallah, 0. Extras 38, Total - 186 all out.
Bowling - A.Sharp 3-0-27-0; T.Atallah 16.5-2-80-5; K.Green 8-1-37-1; M.Rose 7-1-30-3; A.Wheatley 3-1-7-1