CRICKET: Louth 2nds overcome weather and neighbours Alford

Phil Burrell starred for Louth 2nds on Saturday at Alford EMN-140408-084947001
Phil Burrell starred for Louth 2nds on Saturday at Alford EMN-140408-084947001

After Louth 1sts game was abandoned due to heavy rain, Louth 2nds trip to Alford on Saturday was the centre of attention.

Alford won the toss and chose to bat on what looked a good wicket. However following a downpour around lunch time the game was delayed by 30 minutes.

When play started Alford openers were watchful against the Louth pace duo of Reggie Koen and Phil Nicholson, scoring at around 3 an over.

Koen got the first breakthrough as he had McHamilton caught at backward point by Matt Elston for 8.

Skipper Phil Burrell replaced Koen and struck in his first over as Wightwick was caught by ‘keeper Mark Duell.

Nicholson (13-5-31-1) then removed top scorer Keeling for 26 as Alford jittered to 43 for 3.

Burrel then struck again thanks to another catch from Duell. Matt Elston executed a sharp run out to dismiss the dangerous Calvert and then took a sharp catch as Alford lost several wickets to collapse to 65 for 7.

Koen (8.5-1-32-3) returned to take 2 more wickets including White, caught by Burrell diving one handed at first slip, Burrell completing his five wicket haul to finish with figures of 9-0-17-5. Alford were dismissed for 80 runs.

After an hour and 45 minute rain delay Louth eventually set about chasing the total, as per league rules the game now became a timed match, meaning Louth had around 26 overs to knock the required runs off.

Steve Wright and Matt Elston put on 34 for the first wicket before Elston was adjudged LBW for 5, Jack Milligan-Manby joined Wright but soon departed bowled for 2 to leave Louth still needing 36 runs to win.

Reggie Koen soon started hitting the bowling around the park as his quick fire 17 not out and Steve Wright’s 48 not out saw Louth home in 13 overs to take a valuable 20 points.

Credit must go to Alford captain Harry McHamilton and his team who worked hard to ensure the ground was fit for the game to reach its conclusion.

Thanks to match ball sponsors Gleadell Agriculture Ltd