Louth CC’s 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten by five wickets at Lincoln-based Hartsholme in the Lincolnshire ECB League.
Heavy overnight rain and a malfunctioning set of covers left large parts of the wicket wet. In such conditions winning the toss always leaves one side with a significant advantage, unfortunately it was the home side that gained the advantage and asked Louth to bat.
With regular openers Brindle and West unavailable it was left to Laurence Scott and John Medler to open the innings. Controlled bowling from the hosts and a pitch that made timing the ball rather difficult ensured that the Louth team found runs hard to come by.
Medler and Jason Collinson were bowled by balls that ‘did a bit’ and overseas star Azeem Ghumman and Graham West were caught in the covers driving full length balls that held up in the pitch.
A partnership duly arrived courtesy of Stuart Barker and Scott playing with increasing freedom as the sun dried the pitch out. The pair added 73 for the 6th wicket (the highest partnership of the match) before Barker was caught on the boundary for 27 with Henry Tye departing shortly after.
Scott was still at the crease and now dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground. With late order support from Zain Siddiqui and Tom Corden, Scott propelled the Louth total to a competitive 187-8 off 50 overs, carrying his bat and finishing 90 not out.
Andy Carrington and Collinson both picked up wickets for Louth caught from mistimed drives but it was dropped catches that hurt the Louth Team.
The dangerous Wooldridge was given three lives before Ghumman trapped him LBW for 51 playing back to a full length ball.
Tye kept his calm and affected a run out, however, further run out chances were squandered.
The home side playing with confidence that belied their league position took the game to Louth and despite a smart stumping from West off the bowling of Jake Sanders ran out winners with two overs to spare.
The Louth team created enough chances to have sealed a win but were left ruing the missed opportunities in the field.