Louth skittle Market Rasen to grab first Lincs ECB win

Louth batsman Jason Collinson EMN-150106-132014002
Louth batsman Jason Collinson EMN-150106-132014002

Louth First XI moved out of the relegation places after claiming their first outright win of the season against near neighbours Market Rasen on Saturday.

Heavy rain on Friday had threatened the game, but a terrific early morning effort by the players and Kev Bell on Saturday saw the match start on time with Louth invited to bat first.

Laurence Scott (1) was first to go, LBW to Bradford, and the same bowler produced another good ball which took the edge of Richard Bell’s bat and was caught in the slips for eight.

Medler (16) and Collinson (20) moved the scoreboard along, but both fell to stunning catches to leave Louth 80-4.

Weththasinghe was soon into his flow, playing his natural attacking game, and along with Matt Hamilton (25), threatened to take the game away until the Sri Lankan was trapped LBW by Rutherford for a well-made 59.

Louth’s batting then lost its way as the last six wickets fell for just 41 runs to leave Louth posting a modest 172 all out.

The home side knew they would have to perform well with the ball and in the field to have a chance of winning the match.

Skipper Carrington, fired up from a spirited team talk, removed two batsman in his first over with consecutive deliveries to set the tone.

Not to be outdone, Weththasinghe bowled with great hostility to keep batting difficult at both ends. The Sri Lankan claimed two wickets and Carrington a third to reduce Rasen to 41-5.

With Louth firmly in the driving seat, Carrington introduced young spin king Nic Keast and the experienced Stewart West.

Both maintained the pressure, but it was Keast, playing against his former club, who was soon among the wickets.

Bowling his off-spinners with great control and subtle variations he finished with four wickets for only 11 runs.

Keast was eyeing up his first five-wicket haul, but was denied when Hamilton took the final wicket with his second ball courtesy of a very sharp catch in the slips by Bell to dismiss the visitors for 73.

The tightly-contested man-of-the-match honours went to skipper Carrington for blowing the top order away and setting up the victory.

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

* Louth First XI visit league newcomers Grantham on Saturday and will be hoping to build some momentum into their season.