Louth Second XI cup hopes ended by Scunthorpe

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Louth Second XI can now turn their full focus to the league after their Bob Welton Cup hopes were dashed at the first round stage on Saturday.

Entertaining Scunthorpe Town Second XI on a sunny, but windy day, the visitors won the toss and chose to bat first on a dry wicket.

Louth made a great start with Reggie Koen bowling economically and Robbie Dwyer with pace and swing to pick up the first wicket, well caught by wicket-keeper Henry Tye.

Scunthorpe pair Patrick and Pashley dug in and began to rebuild the innings, scoring at four runs an over. Various bowling options were tried, but Louth could not break their partnership.

Jake Sanders (9-0-50-0) saw a couple of chances missed off his bowling, but the breakthrough finally came in the 27th over with the score on 128 when captain Phil Burrell bowled Pashley for 54. He then removed Patrick in his next over, well-caught by Sanders for 65.

Dwyer was re-introduced into the attack, and took two more wickets to finish with excellent figures of 9-1-41-3. Burrell nipped out two more batsmen thanks to another good catch by Sanders and a stumping by Tye to finish with figures of 9-0-39-4.

Dan Rankin, playing his first game in five years, bowled well to end with figures of 7-0-39-2, while Koen (6.4-2-13-1) returned to pick up the final wicket as Scunthorpe were bowled out for 188.

Louth knew they had gifted Scunthorpe an extra 30 runs with dropped catches, but it was a great fightback and the score was easily within reach.

Opening pair Steve Wright and Jake Sanders strode out after tea to set about the total, and both punished anything off line to score steadily at three-an-over.

Wright was the first to go, caught at mid-wicket for 26 to end a 69-run first wicket stand.

Sanders was then unlucky to be run out for 37, and when Dean Jacklin was caught behind for two, Louth were in trouble at 77-3.

Henry Tye played some aggressive shots before he was bowled for 18, and Reggie Koen (7) fell in the very next over to leave Louth 99-5, and in serious trouble with only 11 overs to go and 90 runs needed.

Kully Bains was caught for four to leave Louth 113-6, but Robbie Dwyer and Dan Rankin got Louth back in the hunt with a partnership of 22 before Dwyer was caught for 18, with the score on 135-7 with 54 now required off five overs.

Burrell joined Rankin and they moved the score on quickly, but just when Louth were back in the game, Rankin was harshly adjudged lbw for 10.

Tom Law (0) was unlucky to be run out while backing up, and Burrell was last man out for a quickfire 24 as Louth lost by 26 runs.

Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park Estate and matchball sponsor Roger Gott.