Louth CC Second XI back in promotion race

Steve Wright EMN-150709-114041002
Steve Wright EMN-150709-114041002

Louth Second XI returned to winning ways in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League after two recent defeats when they visited Caistor Second XI on Saturday.

Louth skipper Phil Burrell won the toss and chose to bowl first on a green-looking pitch, but the Caistor batsmen started positively against the new ball attack of Phil Nicholson (4-0-31-0) and Reggie Koen.

But Koen (8-3-22-3) then struck, removing the top three to leave Caistor 46-3. Gowshall and Welton built a stand as Stewart West and Burrell came into the attack, and at drinks Caistor were 90-3.

Burrell (11.5-3-23-4) bowled Gowshall for 30 and West (15-2-34-3) bowled Welton for 21, and the runs dried up as Caistor lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs.

Youngster Richard Bell took two fantastic catches behind the stumps, while fellow junior Jack Leeming took two excellent catches in the outfield.

After tea, openers Steve Wright and John Medler set about the chase in solid fashion, adding 37 before Medler was caught behind for 11. Wicket-keeper/batsman Richard Bell joined Wright put on 61 for the second wicket as Wright reached yet another half-century before he was dismissed for 59.

Former England international Arran Brindle, playing her first game in two years, joined Bell (34 not out) and they saw Louth through to an eight-wicket win without further alarm.

The 20-point victory sets up a winner-takes-all clash between Louth and Holton le Clay at London Road on Saturday.

The winners will finish second and be eligible for promotion to the Premier Division. The game starts at 1pm and all support is welcome.

Matchball sponsors were Lincolnshire Motors.