A thrilling finish saw Tom Corden hold his nerve to bowl Louth CC to victory over Lindum in the Lincolnshire ECB League on Saturday.
The five-run win moved Louth into fifth place above Sleaford whom they visit next weekend in what promises to be another exciting match.
Batting first, Louth were in a trouble at 9-2, but aggressive counter-attacking rattled the scoreboard along to take the hosts past the 100 mark for just the further loss of Jason Collinson.
With the score on 104, Louth lost two wickets in two balls when John Medler was trapped leg before for 41 and Matt Hamilton given out caught behind.
Amila Weththasinghe and Tom Corden continued to play positively with Amila (51) making another half-century before he was caught attempting a pull shot.
Graham West joined Corden and the pair threatened to take the game away from Lindum until Corden was run out for 38 by a direct hit.
Two further quick wickets followed, and at 198-9 Louth looked like posting a below-par score. But a terrific last wicket stand between West (48) and Andy Carrington (11 not out) allowed Louth to reach 231.
In response, Carrington’s new ball spell removed Lindum’s top three including a fine catch at second slip by Nic Keast and a catch by wicket-keeper West.
Corden then took the key wicket of Robinson, lbw, and Keast claimed a wicket courtesy of a very sharp stumping by West.
At 96 for 5, Louth may have thought victory was in the bag only for a 97-run partnership between Tomlinson and Bishop to take the visitors to the brink of victory.
When Tomlinson was caught in the deep by Medler, off Amila’s bowling, the odds of a Louth win were still slim.
But when Carrington (6 for 63) took three further quick wickets, including a smart catch by Laurence Scott at first slip, Louth were back in the driving seat, needing only one wicket while the visitors still needed 22 runs.
A dropped catch and some determined batting looked to have swung the match back in Lindum’s favour, but the returning Corden produced a peach of a delivery which nipped back and hit the top off stump to clinch a tense victory.
The club would like to thank its sponsors the Lake Family and Kenwick Park.