Louth Taverners open cup campaign with quick win at Tetford

Zeeshan Ahmed smashed a 35-ball 50 for Louth Taverners at Tetford EMN-160726-093425002
Zeeshan Ahmed smashed a 35-ball 50 for Louth Taverners at Tetford EMN-160726-093425002

Louth Taverners travelled to Tetford in their first game of the East Lindsey Cup competition on Sunday.

Having been beaten by Tetford on their last visit in the league, Louth were looking for revenge, but also a morale-boosting win for the club after defeats for all three senior teams on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Tetford decided to bat first on a beautiful sunny day, but it proved a good toss for Louth to lose as Imran Cheema’s swing bowling claimed the first wicket in the first over with the score on 0, courtesy of Tom Ryder’s neat catch.

Cheema bowled a wonderful spell of seam bowling, well supported by young Patrick Byrne from the other end, keeping pressure on Tetford, who lost wickets regularly.

Cheema (8-5-12-3), Ryder (8-4-13-0) and later skipper Zubair Ahmed (7.5-2-16-3) kept the pressure on Tetford’s batsman to bowl the hosts out for a below-par score of 110 from 37 overs. Kelsey was top scorer with 47, while Louth also conceded 22 extras.

Tavs started the chase in an aggressive fashion with Zeeshan Ahmed looking to punish any loose deliveries.

Louth lost their first wicket at 33 when Tom Law was bowled by Roberts for four.

This brought Cheema to the crease who started scoring quickly alongside Zeeshan who raced to 50 from 35 balls with six boundaries and three sixes.

Cheema continued with his aggressive, batting scoring 49 off 20 balls with seven boundaries and three maximums as the visitors reached their target in only 11.4 overs without losing any other wickets.

Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park.