CRICKET: Deakin destroys Horncastle’s hopes


Horncastle Cricket Club’s Sunday team crashed to a heavy defeat at Bassingham in their latest Group A game in the Lincoln and District League Premier Trophy.

Batting first, Bassingham piled up a formidable total of 264-4 off their 40 overs with all Horncastle’s bowlers on the wrong end of some hefty punishment,

In reply, Horncastle were dismissed for 90 with only second wicket pair Keiran Wilson and Gareth Jones managing to make double figures.

Skipper Nish Makwana (91) top scored in Bassingham’s innings, but the real damage was done by Mark Deakin who hit 10 fours and four sixes in a quick fire 84 not out.

Horncastle turned to five different bowlers, the most successful was Jones who picked up 2-62 off 10 overs.

Horncastle needed to score at almost seven runs an over, but were never really in the hunt after the early loss of opener Nathan Whiting.

He was one of five victims for Roger Peacock who also picked up the scalps of Wilson (31) sand Jones (36).

The middle and latter orders offered little resistance and five batsmen failed to open their accounts as Horncastle’s last wicket fell in the 27th over.

Horncastle will be hoping to bounce back this Sunday against Nocton.

n Horncastle’s first team game at Scunthorpe last Saturday in Division One of the Lincolnshire County League was wiped out by the wet weather.

n Outstanding bowling from Isaac Bell, Josh Kisby and Fraser Pemberton helped Horncastle U11s to a thrilling two run win at home to Skegness in the East Lindsey League.

Bell was impressive, taking 3-12 from four overs.