AFTER a rained off game against bottom of the table Nettleham the week before, Louth were keen to to get a good result against local rivals Skegness Town at the weekend.
After heavy overnight rain at the coastal resort, it was likely to be a fairly critical toss. Skipper Mark Roberts duly won it and invited the home team to have a bat on what looked a good wicket, but with the hope that Louth’s seam attack would get the most out of the early humid conditions.
Things didn’t quite go to plan, as Skegness were 35 without loss after 12 overs. However shortly into the 13th over, Andy Carrington struck with a good bouncer, which Toni Santini could only top edge straight up in the air. Stewart West quickly removed the experienced Paul Butler caught behind with a good diving catch from keeper Matt Crowther. There then followed a batting collapse of some proportions, as Australian and Zimbabwean overseas players succumbed to the swing bowling of West and good sharp work by Crowther behind the stumps and Jason Collinson at backward point. Wickets fell to the outswing bowling of West and some superb Louth fielding by the keeper and in the slip cordon. Joe Irving replaced the tiring Carrington after 20 overs and again bowled with great control, picking up a wicket, well caught by Shiroman at slip.
The last few wickets fell for barely a run, as West polished off the tail, finishing with the ECB League’s highest individual wicket haul so far in 2011, of 8 for 44 in 16.3 overs. Louth had again put in an amazing performance in the field and with the ball to see the seasiders bowled out for 92. There was still a job to be done with the bat though. Louth had an early shock as Lawrence Scott was trapped LBW by Kirkham in the fourth over with the score only on 7, which was exactly the start the Skegness team were after. However, Nuwan Shiroman and John Medler went on to bat superbly in the face of some good pace and seam bowling from the two Australians Wade McCall and Lochlan Christian. Both carried their bats, as Louth finished the game with a resounding 9 wicket victory, Shiroman on 72 and Medler on 17.
Louth’s last two games have been convincing wins against sides close to them in the table. Still lying in 5th place in the league, they face fourth placed Grimsby Town at home on Saturday the 2nd July. A win will see them go into fourth place and be in a strong position at the half way point to challenge the league leaders.
N Brackley ct Crowther b S West 17
A Santini ct Crowther b Carrington 12
P Butler ct Crowther b S West 6
W McCall st Crowther b S West 1
J Epton ct Shiroman b J Irving 6
S Chamberlain ct G West b S West 2
C Walker ct Shiroman b S West 3
L Christian ct Collinson b S West 5
M Jackson ct Irving b S West 0
M Santini not out 3
S Kirkham ct Crowther b S West 2
Total (all out) 92
A Carrington 10-2-26-1; S West 16.3-4-44-8; J Irving 7-2-14-1.
L Scott lbw b Kirkham 0
N Shiroman not out 72
J Medler not out 16
Total (for 1 wkt) 95
W McCall 6-2-15-0; S Kirkham 7-0-30-1; L Christian 7-2-13-0; 7.3-2-20-0; N Brackley 2-0-13-0.