Louth had Laurence Scott and Henry Tye to thank as they ended their run of five games without a win with a narrow three-wicket victory at Haxey on Saturday.
After some heavy overnight rain, Louth were expecting a green seaming wicket, but it was clear after a couple of overs that the wicket was offering very little to the visitors’ seamers who bowled first.
Louth skipper Andy Carrington quickly turned to the spin options of Azheem Ghumman and Laurence Scott, with the latter clean bowling the Haxey opener with the first ball of his spell.
The pair then took control of the game thanks also to excellent work behind the stumps from Graham West and unusually some solid catching in the outfield.
The wicket was turning square and Louth’s absent usual off spinner Jake Sanders must have been ruing not bowling on the Doncaster side’s strip.
But it was Scott who stepped up to the plate and secured his best ever bowling figures of 6 for 38 off his 17 overs, whilst Ghumman picked up two of his own.
When Carrington came back on to bowl the last over Louth needed one wicket to bowl Haxey out, but their final pair defiantly held out to post a below par total of 150.
The visitors began well and again openers Scott and Stewart West made it to 40 without loss.
But Scott fell LBW, then the spinners came on and the rate slowed as the Louth batsmen also found scoring freely a real challenge.
Richard Limmer was in next and promptly smashed two out of the ground before being caught behind by Tonks.
Ghumman looked at ease though and managed to get up to 20 in no time before West ran him out then fell himself in the 24th over for a slow 24.
Graham West, Stuart Barker and Zeeshan Ahmed all managed to get themselves in before getting out, leaving Louth teetering on 108-5.
But the Louth team had confidence in the lower order, which was certainly justified as Tye smashed the ball to all corners, including a huge six to win the game even in the face of some excellent bowling.
Man of the match for his superb bowling spell went to Laurence Scott.
Next week Louth host Skegness, a team they could leapfrog into 5th place in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier Division with a win.