CRICKET: Louth up to third after bowling over Billingborough

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On a very wet wicket away at Billingborough, Louth 1sts were put in to bat against the league newcomers and the decision looked a good one.

Louth were bowled out on a challenging wicket for 101, Graham West top scored with 26, with only Stewart West, Laurence Scott, Tom Corden and Henry Tye making it into double figures.

Whilst the wicket was wet and the Billingborough bowlers, and Joe Braithwaite (6 for 44) in particular, bowled well, the Louth batsmen were all guilty of getting themselves out with loose shots and even two farcical run outs.

It was clear that the wicket and slow outfield was going to produce a low scoring match, but Louth had still significantly underperformed with the bat yet again.

The main concern lies at the top of the order, where Arran Brindle and Stewart West have yet to get a meaningful score in the league.

During the interval Louth certainly did not feel they were out of the game, as recent bowling displays had seen them roll over opposition very cheaply.

However, it was only going to take a few lusty blows from any of the Billingborough batsmen to get them to within touching distance of Louth’s meagre total.

This happened straight away at the top of the order, as Andy Scott smashed three quick fours and Billingborough raced to 25 without loss.

However, in-form bowlers Andy Carrington and Amila Weththasinghe, were beating the edge with impunity and had had several close LBW appeals and it seemed that with one wicket several might come.

What came next was a staggering display of pace bowling from the Louth duo, as Scott was bowled off his pads by Carrington, Australian Nathan Mill had all his stumps sent cartwheeling in the next over from Weththasinghe, then back to Carrington, who clean bowled Luke Hollingworth without a run being added.

Louth, from looking down and out, had turned the game on its head inside 10 deliveries and it didn’t stop there.

Carrington and Weththasinghe proceeded to sensationally roll over the opposition with only 25 more runs added, as the Billingborough outfit were all out for 50 runs.

The bowling could not have been more disciplined and incisive with both taking five wickets a piece with seven of the Billingborough side being clean bowled.

This pair have now had two five wicket hauls each in the last three games and Louth have taken 30 wickets for only 265 runs. Joint man of the match award goes to Louth’s seam bowling dynamic duo Carrington and Weththasinghe.

Louth head up to third in the Lincolnshire ECB table and host League leaders Bourne next week, in what will be a crucial game in determining if Louth can mount a realistic title chase in 2014.

Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park and also match ball sponsor Lincs Motors Ltd.