CRICKET: Alkborough run rate too high for Louth 2nds

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Louth 2nd XI made one of their furthest trips of the season on Saturday to the Humber bank to visit Alkborough 2nd XI.

Just as Louth arrived, so did the thunder, with heavy raining falling both teams and umpires agreed to stay put and hope for things to brighten up.

At 4pm a 29 over per side game began, with Louth winning the toss and choosing to bowl in seamer friendly conditions. However Alkborough batsman made steady progress, Reggie Koen (7-3-22-0) bowled without luck, but the breakthrough was made by off spinner Phil Burrell (10-0-49-2) as he had opener Elliot stumped by ‘keeper Richard Bell.

Fellow off spinner Zubair Ahmed (7-0-36-1) also got into the act taking one wicket and executing a sharp run out, as Alkborough closed on 154 for 4 off their 29 overs, probably 15 runs too many for Louth liking.

Following a quick turnaround, openers Steve Wright and Richard Bell set about the total, knowing that 5½ runs per over were needed for victory, the pair added 47 for the first wicket before Bell was well caught for 15.

A mini collapse ensued as Matt Elston (5) Reggie Koen (0) and Kully Bains (6) all fell cheaply as Louth were reduced to 73 for 4, still needing 82 for victory off the final 10 overs, the rate now at 8 per over.

Wright continued to play his shots and quick fire runs from Zubair Ahmed (8) and Mark Duell brought Louth closer.

However when man of the match Wright fell for an excellent 73 off 64 balls, skipper Phil Burrell joined Duell and Louth now needed 28 off 20 balls,

Duell was bowled in the next over for 16 leaving 26 off 12 balls, Burrell finishing 21 not out off 12 balls, but it was all in vain as Louth lost by 3 runs.

An excellent game of cricket and credit to both teams and umpires for their patience in getting the game played. Louth are now 19 points behind leaders Caistor with a game in hand. Thanks to match ball sponsors Makhteshim Agan UK Ltd.