Louth CC and Alford tie top-of-the-table thriller

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Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash between Louth CC Taverners and Alford in the East Lindsey Cricket League Division One lived up to its billing with a thrilling tie.

Louth captain Laurence Scott won the toss and bowled first in overcast conditions. Tom Corden (7-0-31-1) and Luke Johnson (5-0-36-1) claimed a wicket apiece to leave Alford 12-2, but the hosts recovered thanks to a 55-run stand between Jack Wrightwick (36) and Sam Lempard (22).

Tom Ryder’s two wickets halted Alford’s revival, keeping the ball full and allowing it to move to find the edges of Wrightwick and Lempard and take Tye’s tally of catches to four.

The spin of Scott (8-2-17-1) continued to tie Alford down, and the pressure brought another wicket.

At drinks, Alford were 87-5 and it was 104-6 when Ryder (8-1-36-3) claimed his third victim. But Alford rallied again as Perry (53 not out) and Codd (27 not out) added an invaluable 94, taking the home side to 198-6 from their 40 overs, a total which included 36 extras.

Louth openers Tye and Will Allis put on 30 before Allis was LBW for 14, but once joined by Corden, Tye launched into the bowling, taking 33 off the Alford spinner’s first two overs.

Tye was out for a superb 76 off just 68 balls, and at drinks, Taverners were well on course at 123-2.

But with the score on 144, Louth collapsed to 156-7. Luke Johnson made a powerful 18 as he and Niall Illingworth added 26. With the new batsman out quickly, Louth were still 15 away with the last pair in.

Illingworth took charge with his hard-hitting bringing the scores level, and leaving the number 11 three balls to block out to give him back the strike. But the last man was bowled and the match was tied.