Losing draw for Louth as Bracebridge Heath are given a real scare

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Louth CC’s 1st XI’s poor run of form continued but they did manage to salvage a losing draw against Bracebridge Heath at London Road on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors were fortunate to post 202 in the allotted 46 overs after a rain delayed start after a number of crucial umpiring decisions went against Louth.

Key batsmen Paul Cook, Brett Huston and Hymie Bentley were able to get beyond the 200 mark in the face of some excellent bowling from Azeem Ghumman and Stewart West.

When skipper Carrington came back on and took two late wickets to further slow the run rate at the end of the innings, Louth really felt they had a great chance to snatch victory.

Louth’s response started well, with West and Laurence Scott notching up a 45 run opening stand, before West holed out to mid-off.

Ghumman joined Scott and they took the score onto 80, with Louth looking in a commanding position. However, the rails then came off the Louth innings as the spin bowling of Matthew Bradley shifted the momentum back to the visitors as four middle order wickets fell for only eight runs.

By the time Stuart Braker joined Graham West at the crease, the rate was up to 10 per over, however once the 152 required for a losing draw was reached, they began to chance their arm.

Victory just seemed a possibility as they smashed Matthew Carter for 18 runs off the 42nd over, but when Barker was stumped giving Bradley the charge the very next over the game looked up.

Commendable efforts from Richard Limmer and the ever optimistic Jake Sanders came to nought and it was down to Carrington and Graham West to see the final over out for a losing draw worth eight points, as Louth finished on 170 for 9.