Louth Seconds suffer promotion setback at Cleethorpes

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The County League title hopes of Louth Second XI suffered a setback as they slipped to a heavy defeat at Cleethorpes on Saturday.

Louth lost by 93 runs to the relegation-threatened hosts and now sit fourth, 16 points behind leaders Outcasts and 15 behind second-placed Broughton.

Home skipper Nigel Fanthorpe won the toss and opened the batting himself, but Reggie Koen was soon among the wickets as he sent Ryan Harrison packing for six, the first of three catches for Steve Wright.

Koen then caught Fanthorpe, off the bowling of Phil Nicholson, but wickets then became harder to come by.

Wicket-keeper Ben Marris hit 67 before he became Nicholson’s second victim, trapped lbw.

Marris was well supported by Patrick Hughes (44) and Paul Sunley (47) who were both removed by Jason Fisher, the pick of the Louth bowling with 3 for 33.

Cleethorpes’ middle order all chipped in with valuable runs as they set a challenging total of 232-7 from their 45 overs.

Wright (30) and Richard Bell (27) laid solid foundations for the reply with a first wicket partnership of 48.

But Phil Hutchinson (4 for 49) was their nemesis, dismissing them both as well as captain Stewart West and Reggie Koen, both without scoring, to reduce Louth to 74-4.

Zain Siddiqui (24) and Kully Bains (28) steadied the ship and made starts until Harry Clewett was introduced and snared both men.

Clewett (4 for 12) then bowled Nicholson and Thomas Law as the last three wickets failed to add a run.

The visitors were bowled out for 139 in less than 36 overs and took only four points from the match.

Louth have a chance to restore confidence when they host the Division One leaders on Saturday from 1pm.

Cleethorpes: 232-7.

Bowling: R. Koen 9-1-42-1; P. Nicholson 15-2-68-2; S. West 14-1-83-1; J. Fisher 7-0-33-3.

Louth: S. Wright 30, R. Bell 27, S. West 0, Z. Siddiqui 24, R. Koen 0, K. Bains 28, P. Nicholson 13, T. Ryder 8, T. Law 8, J. Fisher 0*, J. Carrington 0, Extras 1. Total: 139.