CRICKET: Louth 2nds power to victory over Keelby

Steve Wright was in-form for Louth 2nds EMN-140728-095822001
Steve Wright was in-form for Louth 2nds EMN-140728-095822001

Louth entertained Keelby on Saturday and a flat pitch, quick outfield, sunshine and high temperature meant for a high scoring game.

Keelby won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. The opening pair made a good start dispatching anything remotely off line, but having raced to 40 in 9 overs, Australian Stuart Plunkett struck as he uprooted Bennett’s middle stump, and Keelby were soon 44 for 2 as Plunkett struck again.

Bevis and Bagnell started to rebuild and took the score to 96 before Jack Leeming took a great catch off Phil Burrell to dismiss Bevis, Bagnell hit 50 but was out to the very next ball, caught and bowled by Burrell. Plunkett then got two wickets in two balls as a mini collapse had Keelby 121 for 6, however the pitch was still offering little to the bowlers.

A couple of quick cameo innings took Keelby up to 191 for 8 off their 45 overs, a total which Louth felt was slightly below par given how the pitch had played and the speed of the outfield. Plunkett (15-0-60-5) and Burrell (15-2-69-3) were Louth’s wicket takers backed up by economical spells from Reggie Koen (7-0-23-0) and Ed Brindle (8-2-31-0)

After tea opening pair Plunkett and Steve Wright strode out to knock the runs off. After a watchful couple of overs Plunkett started to cut loose, punishing anything short as the pair put on 51 in under 7 overs.

Plunkett continued playing powerful cut and pull shots, Wright doing what he does best and playing a fine array of shots all around the ground, the century partnership was brought up in the 18th over as Plunkett past 50. Wright soon followed him to his half century.

As Plunkett neared his century he hit a ball with great force straight at cover, who held on to a great catch above his head. The Australian had scored 95 out of an opening stand of 161, finishing off a superb man of match performance.

Jack Milligan-Manby (8 not out) joined Wright and the pair saw Louth home without any further loss of wickets, Wright finishing 77 not out and recording his fifth half century of the season.

Special mention has to go to under 15 players Abbie Johnson and Jack Leeming who both made their debuts for the 2nd XI and gave their all in field, Jack taking a sharp catch and Abbie winning the fielding award for the day. Thanks to match ball sponsors Lincs Motors Ltd.