Title-chasing Louth Taverners maintained the pressure on leaders Alford as they eased to victory at Brocklesby Park on Sunday in the East Lindsey Cricket League Division One.
The hosts won the toss and batted first, but Luke Johnson (4-0-28-1) underlined his potential by re-arranging one of the opener’s stumps to leave Brocklesby 21-1.
There was a brief period of calm until the 10th over when Robbie Dwyer (8-0-20-3) and Phil Nicholson (8-2-11-1) set to work, taking four wickets fir 10 runs in the next seven overs.
Dwyer, bowling with pace and hostility, claimed three victims, and was well supported by Nicholson’s impeccable line and length, leaving Brocklesby 51-5.
But wickets became harder to come by and Strange and Bedwell added 62 despite the bowlers making them play and miss repeatedly as the hosts progressed to 113-6 in the 32nd over.
A late flurry by the tail, ensured Brockleby achieved the respectable score of 159-8 from their 40 overs, despite being tied down by Zeeshan Ahmed (5-0-21-3).
After the interval, Louth openers Rory Osmond and Zain Siddiqui looked imperious as they knocked the ball around the ground.
Osmond, particularly, never seemed troubled as the score raced along. Siddiqui was unlucky to be dismissed for 19, but Osmond was in no mood to suffer the same fate.
His technical brilliance helped him to 12 fours in his unbeaten innings off just 72 balls.
At the other end he was well supported by keeper-batsman Jafri who made 23 not out from 24 balls to see Louth home to their target in just 23.2 overs.
The nine-wicket win earned 19 points for their efforts and took them top, five points clear of Alford who have two games in hand, but a tough trip to Graves Park this weekend.