Louth CC 1st XI v Bourne CC 1st XI, Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Skipper Carrington again managed to win the toss for Louth and again controversially chose to bat. Something, which he must have been regretting after 32 overs when Louth found themselves 107 for 7.
Opener Stewart West again failed, this time holing out at mid-on second ball of the game and partnerships struggled to be formed as Arran Brindle, Azeem Ghumman, Graham West and Lawrence Scott all failed to capitalise on starts.
Although Ghumman again looked impressive with a run a ball 38, he still awaits his maiden Lincs ECB half century. However, limpet like Jason Collinson dug in as wickets fell around him and after 20 overs at the crease he had only 20 runs. This vital rear-guard action paid huge dividends and put Louth into a potentially match winning position, when Lincolnshire U19 Tom Corden joined him at the crease. What followed was a master-class of composed, incisive and at times devastating counter attacking batting, which was to put the top and middle order to shame.
The pair notched up a club record 114 run 7th wicket partnership, which saw glorious cover-driving from Corden, nicely countered by the left handed bludgeoning of all deliveries, irrespective of length from Collinson. The heroic antics of this pair, saw Louth progress to 220 for 7 at the close, which looked a par score at least, on what was clearly another good wicket.
Bourne’s response started badly as Peter Morgan’s third edge behind off Carrington off as many overs, finally found a solid pair of hands and was snatched low down by keeper Graham West.
Another key wicket of Stroud fell LBW to Corden and Bourne set about consolidating under the tight bowling of Carrington and Corden, which was continued by very economical contributions from Stewart West and Azeem Ghumman’s wily leg spin. In the final over before the drinks break, Bourne had managed to remain only two wickets down, but with the score on only 60, they were still miles off the required pace. A crucial breakthrough then came as West clean bowled the dangerous Conrad Louth in his twenties.
In the second half, Bourne again continued to look solid in defence, but found scoring challenging in the face of more miserly bowling from West and Ghumman, before the latter picked up two wickets in two balls to really spin the game in Louth’s favour.
In the latter overs, more wickets from Louth debutant Aghar Tahir’s off spin and Carringtons pace, placed Bourne in a tricky position as they attempted to score the 165 required for a losing draw, which would see Louth lose at least five points from the game. But with only one nine balls to spare, young Jake Sanders who had bowled a superb spell without luck, pulled a stunning delivery out of his closet to bowl Colin Cheer with a delivery that drifted wide then turned in between bat and pad to smack into off stump and leave Louth with a maximum 20 point haul.
This victory over tough opponents saw Louth rise to 3rd in the table only 5 points behind joint league leaders Bracebridge Heath and Skegness Town. Man of the match to Jason Collinson for his tremendous under pressure, unbeaten 83.
Next weekend, sees Louth head off to Sleaford to face a side that has yet to win, but will certainly be strengthened with the addition of New Zealand Test batsman Tim Macintosh to their top order. Also on Bank Holiday Monday, Louth host the regional Twenty20 Tournament with visitors Haxey and Hartsholme playing in a triangular format starting at 10am.