Skegness fail to take advantage

Wymanga Perera hit 45 runs for Skegness at Market Deeping.
Wymanga Perera hit 45 runs for Skegness at Market Deeping.

Lincolnshire ECB

Premier League

Skegness 234-9, Market Deeping 235-6 - Deeping won by four wickets.

Matches at Market Deeping’s Outgang Road tend to be high-scoring affairs, and over the years Skegness have taken advantage of the shorter boundaries to bag themselves maximum batting points.

But the 234 they racked up in this latest trip to the south of the county proved to be not enough.

An innings of 98 from home number three batsman Ajaz Akhtar turned the game in Deepings favour and they overtook the seasiders’ score with four overs to spare.

Skegness started brightly with the new pairing of Daniel Nuttall and Pete Houghton at the top of the order.

They passed 50 without losing a wicket, but Mehul Adatia bowled Houghton for 27, the first of his five wickets of the afternoon.

A diving catch at mid-off by Chris Jones saw Nuttall back in the pavilion before Wymanga Perera and Norman Brackley put on another 39 for the third wicket.

Skegness continued to move the ball around well with Perera and Brendan Young in the middle, but a steady flow of wickets kept the score down to an attainable level, while preventing any batsman passing the half century mark.

Perera was top scorer with 45, while Adatia was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets for 59 off his 17 overs.

Star man with the bat for the home side was Akhtar, who went in at number three after Young had Jones caught for just four runs.

He took the score to within two of the seasiders’ total before Pradeep Chanditha bowled him, two short of his century.

Despite a middle order wobble, Akhtar had done the damage, ably supported by opener Alex Wheatley (59) early in the innings.

Skegness sit in ninth place in the table as they prepare to welcome champions Bourne to Richmond Drive on Saturday (noon).

Skegness batting: D. Nuttall ct Jones b Akhtar 38; P. Houghton b Adatia 27; W. Perera ct Adatia b Brown 45; N. Brackley lbw b Kriek 6; B. Young b Adatia 34; S. Chamberlain lbw b Adatia 20; P. Chanditha run out (Kriek) 2; U. Farooq st Bainborough b Adatia 7; T. Cuthbert not out 30; M. Chamberlain b Adatia 8; S. Richardson did not bat.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 11.2-3-45-2; U. Farooq 5-0-26-0; T. Cuthbert 4-1-27-0; N. Brackley 11-3-38-1; P. Chanditha 2-0-12-1; M. Chamberlain 7-0-39-0; S. Richardson 5-1-34-2.