Louth Second XI stay top with Hartsholme victory

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Louth Second XI stayed top of Division One in the Lincolnshire County League with an exciting 20-run win at Hartsholme.

Louth won the toss and having chosen to bat, Jake Sanders and Steve Wright began steadily until Sanders was bowled for 12, Stewart West joined Wright and they took the score to 52 when West mistimed a pull shot to be caught for 12, and when Wright was caught behind for 20, the visitors were 60-3. , Coming to the ease on the back of consecutive half-centuries, Reggie Koen started where he had left off as he and Dean Jacklin increased the scoring rate, reaching 100-3 with 18 overs remaining.

A batting collapse ensued with Jacklin bowled for 35, Henry Tye lbw without scoring, and Koen bowled for 28, Phil Burrell was also bowled for 17, and when Tom Law departed first ball to become Andrews’ fifth victim, Louth were 131-7.

Jase Fisher (6 not out) and youngsters Jack Leeming and Josh Carrington batted out several overs, and gave Hartsholme only an extra four overs, as Louth were all out for 134.

After tea, opening bowler West struck in his first over, before Phil Burrell brought himself into the attack and removed the cavalier number three batsman with his first ball of off spin.

Koen was quickly brought back immediately and dismissed the other opener (10-3). West and Koen then blew away the middle order to reduce Hartsholme to 33-7.

Burrell (4-1-14-2) returned to break a small partnership, but at 61-8, a terrific partnership between two young cricketers almost turned the game on its head.

Scoring 45 and 28, they brought Hartsholme to within 25 runs of victory, but West (10-0-50-4) returned to claim the ninth wicket, before the final wicket fell to Tom Law’s great run-out as Louth claimed the full 20 points.

Wicketkeeper Henry Tye took three very sharp chances, but man-of-the match was all-rounder Koen who top scored with 28 and bowled superbly (8-4-19-3).