CRICKET: Dwyer and Koen steady Louth 2nds to seal win over Broughton

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Louth 2nds hosted Broughton 1sts on Saturday in Division 1 of the Lincolnshire Cricket League.

Overnight rain meant a clear up job was needed and thankfully the wind dried the ground out enough for the game to go ahead.

Louth won the toss and chose to bowl first. Opening bowler Robbie Dwyer (7-1-29-1) found some swing to take the first wicket well caught by Jake Sanders in the gully, however the batsman were ticking along nicely.

Two wickets fell quickly thanks to the fielding of John Medler who took a stunning one handed catch and then executed a run out 4 overs later to leave Broughton 66 for 3.

Spin was then introduced as captain Phil Burrell had the dangerous Dobbs stumped by Mark Duell for 37, fellow spinner Sanders (10-1-42-2) also helping to reduce the run rate. Jason Fisher (4.5-0-15-1) picked up a vital wicket, before Burrell (10-1-28-3) and Reggie Koen (12-1-35-2) finished the innings off leaving Broughton 155 all out.

Louth knew it would be a tricky total to chase on a worn wicket, however with four of the top five scoring half centuries in the last two weeks confidence was high.

Broughton’s opening bowlers found movement off a good length to dismiss Sanders (1) and Steve Wright (5), and when Medler (8) was caught at mid on Louth were struggling at 25 for 3, Dean Jacklin (18) was then unluckily bowled as the ball rolled back onto the stumps from a forward defensive shot, score now 42 for 4 with the top four batsman back in the pavilion.

Wicket keeper Duell (21) added a vital 42 runs with all rounder Koen to take the score onto 84, before Duell was dismissed. At 84 for 5 the game could have gone away from Louth very quickly, what followed was a fantastic partnership between Louth’s opening bowlers Koen and Dwyer,

Dwyer playing very sensibly, defending when needed and managing to find the gaps to keep rotating the strike, Koen passed his second successive half century as the victory target drew closer.

No further wickets fell as the pair shared an unbroken stand of 77 to grab a 20 point victory, Dwyer finishing 36 not out and man of match Koen 64 not out including three maximums.