A fine innings from opener John Medler could not prevent Louth Seconds slipping to a narrow defeat against Lincolnshire County League leaders Outcasts on Saturday.
Outcasts captain Richard Wroot won the toss and batted first at London Road in this important Division One match-up.
Reggie Koen struck early, bowling Andrew Lawson for two, but this brought in top scorer John Stokoe (78) who added 66 with Wroot (30).
Phil Nicholson (3 for 47) was impressive alongside Stewart West (3 for 76) to reduce the hosts to 111-6 and put Louth on top.
But Iqbal Singh Deol turned the tide, hitting a rapid 59 and sharing an 84-run seventh wicket stand with Stokoe as the visitors posted 207-7 from their 45 overs.
The hosts started poorly when skipper Steve Wright fell early for five, while Henry Tye (16) and Nicholson (5) fell cheaply to leave Louth teetering on 55-3.
Surviving opener Medler was in fine form in the anchor role, sharing a 50-run stand with Stewart West (34) who hit a six and six boundaries as he tried to wrest back the initiative.
Koen and Ryder were both out after making starts as they tried to up the run rate, but Medler was the crucial wicket, out for a patient 89 as the home side fell 16 runs short, closing their 45 overs on 192-8.
The result leaves them fourth, 27 points behind Outcasts, but with a game in hand.
Bowling: R. Koen 11-0-58-1; P. Nicholson 15-4-47-3; S. West 15-1-76-3; T. Ryder 4-0-21-0.
Louth: S. Wright 5, J. Medler 89, H. Tye 16, P. Ncholson 5, S. West 34, R. Koen 9, T. Ryder 10, L. Johnson 5, J. Fisher 6*, J. Carrington 4*, Extras 9. Total: 192-8.