Lincs ECB: Louth put Grantham to the sword

Louth Cricket Club First XI before their winning draw with Market Rasen. From left, back, Tom Corden, Jason Collinson, Matt Hamilton, Laurence Scott, Bertie Milligan-Manby, Rory Osmond; front, Nic Keast, Graham West, Andy Carrington, Amila Wethinsinghe, Richard Bell. EMN-150825-092509002
Louth Cricket Club First XI before their winning draw with Market Rasen. From left, back, Tom Corden, Jason Collinson, Matt Hamilton, Laurence Scott, Bertie Milligan-Manby, Rory Osmond; front, Nic Keast, Graham West, Andy Carrington, Amila Wethinsinghe, Richard Bell. EMN-150825-092509002
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Louth CC First XI moved into the Lincolnshire ECB Premier top five as they raced to a six-wicket win over Grantham on Saturday.

Four wickets from skipper Andy Carrington and three from Amila Wettasinghe and Nic Keast skittled the visitors for 74 to set up a comprehensive victory.

Grantham captain Rohan Nurse won the toss and elected to bat first at London Road and they made a comfortable enough start as openers Daniel Freeman and Karanjit Bansal put on 31 for the first wicket.

But once again Carrington was the catalyst for Louth as he removed both openers in quick succession, trapping Freeman lbw and catching Bansal off his own bowling.

His opening partner Wettasinghe then got in on the act, taking the key wicket of Nurse, caught behind by Graham West for 0, as Grantham lost three wickets for as many runs.

Wettasinghe maintained the pressure, bowling wicket-keeper Josh Mihill for three before Jamie Brumby was leg before to the Sri Lankan for nine as 34-3 became 50-5.

Carrington dismissed Matthew Wing (lbw) and Oliver Clawson (caught by Laurence Scott) without scoring and things didn’t get any easier for the visitors when Nic Keast came on at first change.

He had David Whapplington caught by Richard Limmer for 10 and then removed Rory Johnson for two as Grantham slid to 62-9.

Joe Peck (10) provided some brief resistance for the Grantham tail before Keast had him caught behind by West as the hosts wrapped the innings up within 27 overs.

The Louth reply was not without early scares as Peck had Scott caught by Nurse for one and John Medler fell for five, lbw to Freeman, as they stuttered to 17-2.

Jason Collinson was bowled by Peck (2 for 32) to leave Louth on 35-3, but Wettasinghe was determined to finish the game early, launching a six and four in an 11-ball 16 before Bansal had him caught by Oliver Clawson.

At the other end, opener Matthew Hamilton (25 not out) could not be shifted and with West (14 not out) guided the home side to their target with no further scares in 21-and-a-half overs.

Louth are now within 14 points of fourth-placed Bourne with three games left, starting with Saturday’s trip to Market Deeping who sit one place and three points below.

Grantham: 74.

Bowling: A. Wetaasignhe 10-1-40-2; A. Carrington 12-6-24-4; N. Keast 3.4-1-8-3; M. Hamilton 1-1-0-0.

Louth: L. Scott 1, M. Hamilton 25*, J. Medler 5, J. Collinson 9, A. Wettasinghe 16, G. West 14*, Extras 6. Total: 76-4.