Louth 1st XI recorded a win by 77 runs in their latest ECB League match against local wolds neighbours Market Rasen.
Louth skipper Andy Carrington lost the toss for the fourth time in the row and the home side were invited to bat on a green wicket due to the wet weather earlier in the week.
The young Rasen attack made early in roads into the Louth batting line-up with openers Laurence Scott edging a good ball which left him off the pitch and Stewart West caught skying a slower ball from James Fussey. When Bertie Milligan-Manby soon followed with the score on 55 for 3 a rebuilding exercise was needed.
Up stepped Amila Weththasinghe to join John Medler and together they patiently started to move Louth into a strong position at 90 for 3. However when Medler top edged a sweep for a well-constructed 26 a mini collapse threatened to see the home side out for a low score. Henry Tye was run out and then Graham West received the perfect delivery first up to depart caught behind first ball.
Thankfully for Louth, Amila was still at the crease and having played himself in started to unleash a series of powerful shots around the wicket. A well-deserved maiden ECB century looked on the cards but unfortunately wickets continued to fall on a regular basis at the other end.
Amila finished stranded on 89 not out with Louth being disappointingly bowled out in the 45th over, but with a decent score of 185 on the board. Fussey was the pick of the Rasen bowlers with a well-deserved five wicket haul.
In response the Louth seam bowlers were confident they could utilise the helpful conditions. This proved to be the case as the Rasen batsman found runs hard to come by with only 24 being scored off the first 20 overs. Amila claimed one wicket and Stewart West’s probing away swing a further 2.
Rasen briefly rallied, attacking the spin bowling of Scott as Louth searched for wickets. Carrington’s response was to bring himself and Tom Corden back into the attack with devastating effect.
Martin was caught brilliantly by wicket keeper Graham West (to complete a hat-trick of catches) off Carrington and Stewart West caught Darke off the bowling of Corden. Carrington then struck twice in one over, removing the experienced Rutherford and Christie LBW.
Corden claimed a further wicket when the ball was sliced to backward point with Milligan-Manby taking a good catch and Carrington claimed the final two wickets to finish with his third five wicket haul of the season.
Man of the match performance went to Amila Weththasinghe for his fantastic match winning knock of 89 not out in difficult batting conditions.
Louth maintain fourth place in the League courtesy of this latest win.
This weekend, Louth entertain Woodhall Spa at London Road and will be looking to build on recent good results. Thanks to club sponsor Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsor Classic Freight Limited.