Louth 1st XI put in a spirited display against top of the League Bourne in their latest ECB League match, but could not overcome the title contenders.
Louth’s starting line-up included 13-year-old Richard Bell and 14-year-old Nic Keast, a sign of the future of the club. For a rare occasion skipper Andy Carrington won the toss and decided to bat first.
Openers Laurence Scott and Bell negotiated the new ball with few alarms as they recorded Louth’s highest opening partnership of the season.
It came as a surprise when Scott missed a low full toss and was trapped LBW off the bowling of change bowler Berry for 22.
It turned into quite an afternoon for Berry as he claimed the first seven wickets of the innings as batsman came and went at regular intervals.
Amila was still at the crease playing his usual attacking game and was joined by big hitter Richard Limmer. The pair hit a string of boundaries until Limmer was unfortunate to be given out for 19, caught off a full toss which appeared to be over waist height.
Amila continued his assault on the bowling and he was the last man out, caught on the boundary for a terrific 86. Louth scored a creditable 210 and felt that early wickets could give them a chance of a victory against the strongest batting line-up in the league.
Early wickets did arrive as Amila removed both openers courtesy of good catches by wicket keeper Graham West and slip fielder Tom Corden. T
This brought Peter Morgan and Conrad Louth to the crease, two of the top batsman in the league. Amila and Carrington kept up the pressure and beat the edge on regular occasions. Corden nearly produced the catch of the season, diving full length at slip he managed to get a hand to a flying edge, but the ball just didn’t stick.
Carrington removed Louth with a ball that nipped back and trapped the batsman LBW on the crease to leave the game in the balance at 67 for 3.
However, from that point Morgan and new batsman Wilson batted with a great degree of skill and attacking play to take the game away from Louth. Morgan looked set to record a century until he edged a ball off leg spinner Scott and was caught at slip by Amila.
By this stage the game was nearly up, but there was still time for a run out thanks to good work from Amila, Stuart Barker and Graham West. Louth kept going to the end but Bourne ran out winners by five wickets with Wilson recording an unbeaten 65.
Louth should take credit from a spirited display which bodes well for the future. Next week Louth host Sleaford whose team includes ex New Zealand test player Tim McIntosh.
Man of the match performance went to Amila Wettasinghe for his 86 runs. Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsor Classic Freight Limited.