Louth First XI seen off by former Test batsman at Sleaford

Jason Medler
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Louth CC First XI’s hopes of extending their run of form were dashed by a former New Zealand Test batsman on Saturday.

The First XI had won five of their previous six matches in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier Division as they headed to Sleaford.

But the home side dominated and wrapped up a commanding nine-wicket win, largely thanks to Kiwi import Tim McIntosh.

Having lost the toss, Louth were invited to bat first on a good wicket, and the early run-out of Laurence Scott set the tone for an innings which never really gained momentum.

With the home bowlers very disciplined in their line and length, and supported by some excellent fielding, Louth struggled for runs throughout their innings.

Many of the batsmen got a start, but with no significant partnerships, the innings finished with Louth all out for a very modest 151, at least 100 short of a good score given the conditions.

Late order batsmen Nic Keast, who top scored with a fluent 26, and Richard Limmer, with several very big sixes, did at least provide some cheer for the visitors and helped Louth pick up two batting points.

In response, and in complete contrast to the Louth innings, the Sleaford openers McIntosh and Tom Shorthouse took the Louth bowling apart, scoring at eight runs an over.

It was a surprise when Shorthouse (30) edged a loose delivery to give Andy Carrington what turned out to be Louth’s only success.

McIntosh (86 not out), who made 17 Test appearances for New Zealand, continued to score freely, although he was fortunate to survive a strong lbw appeal.

He and Louis Kimber (33 not out) finished the game to see Sleaford across the line after just 26 overs.

Louth will hope to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday when they host Skegness CC at London Road (midday start).

Thanks to club sponsors the Lake family and Kenwick Park, and also matchball sponsors Thompson and Smith.

Louth: L. Scott 1, R. Bell 8, J. Medler 16, J. Collinson 17, A. Wetthasinghe 19, T. Corden 21, G. West 2, N. Keast 26, R. Limmer 17, R. Dwyer 8*, A. Carrington 1, Extras 15. Total: 151.

Sleaford: 153-1.

Bowling: A. Wetthasinghe 7-0-36-0; A. Carrington 10-3-53-1; T. Corden 3-0-19-0; N. Keast 4-0-30-0; L. Scott 1.1-0-11-0; R. Dwyer 1-0-4-0.