CRICKET: Louth end trophy drought with dramatic win in Grimsby Town Knockout final

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Louth Cricket Club became Grimsby Town Knockout winners with a dramatic win against the Lincolnshire Cavaliers at Augusta Street.

In front of a huge crowd at Augusta Street, the home of Grimsby Town CC, Louth fancied their chances in the 16-over hard hitting final, having already defeated Nettleham in the first round and the much fancied Cleethorpes 1st XI in the semi final.

However, the final was to prove a challenging one against a star studded Lincolnshire select side, boasting several former minor county cricketers and the Webb brothers now playing their cricket at Baildon in the Bradford League.

It was to be even more challenging without key players Azeem Ghumman, Graham West and Arran Brindle!

Having won the toss and chosen to bat Louth skipper Andy Carrington must have been rueing his decision after Louth only posted a meagre, below par 117 for 7 in their 16 overs (almost a full hundred runs short of their first round total).

With only Jason Collinson and Amila Wettasinghe reaching scores over twenty, Louth looked all but dead and buried quite early after the hard hitting Stewart West fell early for 3 and his opening partner Laurence Scott only managed to scrape together 15 before holing to a wonder catch by Tom Webb at mid-off.

Louth’s wickets continued to fall at crucial stages and the wicket though a touch slow, held no real demons and even with some late resistance from John Medler their total looked destined to be nowhere near enough.

Louth needed early breakthroughs and immediately Wettasinghe and Carrington’s pace and superb line and length bowling set the standard for the whole innings.

Wettasinghe took the key wicket of Alex Heslop in the third over and Tom Webb shortly afterwards and Carrington chipped in with the big wicket of talented youngster Luke Robinson.

Stewart West then clean bowled the dangerous knockout star Matt Rutherford and followed this up with the Simon Webb held brilliantly in the deep by Richard Limmer, who also held another superb catch in the deep. Louth’s fielding was awesome throughout, with Tom Corden excelling at cover and seemingly holding a brilliant catch just above the ground, which was disputed by the batsman and controversially given not out.

Also to go along with some more superb tight off spin bowling, Jake Sanders fielded superbly, whilst Zeeshan Ahmed almost had a sharp direct hit given out.

Behind the stumps Henry Tye, kept very tidily deputising for the normal keeper Graham West and Louth’s inspirational fielding efforts combined with superb bowling which gave the batsmen no free hits, meant that they scrapped themselves into a winning position.

At the start of the 15th over, Cavaliers were on 93 and seemingly one good over from snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

But Tom Corden had other ideas, having been confidently thrown the ball by skipper Carrington, he responded in great style beating the bat twice past the outside edge, then angling one in to trap Matt Webb LBW to win the game in incredible fashion.

Great credit must go to Andy Carrington who marshalled his troops with gusto and got his tactics spot on, but also to Louth’s fielders and bowlers for dismissing a superb select batting line up for one of the lowest knockout scores in recent years.

Key bowling figures were Stewart West 3-30 and Amila Wettasinghe (man of the match 4-18).

Many thanks to Louth Cricket Club sponsors Kenwick health and Leisure for all their support and in helping the club attain their first significant silverware for seven years.