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CRICKET: Power play eases Louth Taveners to victory over Sutton on Sea

back row (l to r) Will Allis, Laurence Scott, Phil Nicholson, Stuart Barker, Zeeshan Ahmed, Khawar Naeem  front row (l to r) Matthew Elston, Adrian Smart, Richard Bell, Zubair Ahmed (capt), Zain Siddiqui EMN-140526-101904001

back row (l to r) Will Allis, Laurence Scott, Phil Nicholson, Stuart Barker, Zeeshan Ahmed, Khawar Naeem  front row (l to r) Matthew Elston, Adrian Smart, Richard Bell, Zubair Ahmed (capt), Zain Siddiqui EMN-140526-101904001

Louth Taveners comfortably defeated Sutton on Sea in their third East Lindsey Division One clash of the season on Sunday.

After winning the toss, Sutton skipper Reece Brant elected to bat on a historically flat pitch.

However, for the first fifteen overs, openers Poynton and Weston both struggled badly to cope with the skilled duo of Phil Nicholson and Adie Smart to the extent that when Weston eventually fell in the 15th over for seven,

Sutton were scoring at only two runs per over as they had scored just 30 runs. Although the run rate only improved marginally throughout the innings, by the 32nd over, Sutton had lost just three wickets and had 82 runs on the board.

With explosive ex-Louth batsman Jamie Johnson and the classical Reece Brant at the crease, Sutton were well poised to press on violently and post a defendable total. However, when Brant was removed by Louth leg spinner Stuart Barker for 19, thanks to a truly breathtaking, athletic diving catch taken one handed by William Allis at square leg, it was greeted by wild celebrations.

This did little to halt an onslaught from Johnson, who hit two sixes in his innings of 23 until he was finally well stumped by wicketkeeper Richard Bell off the bowling of Barker, who finished with impressive bowling figures of 8-0-22-3. Sutton finally set Louth a total of 120 to win off 40 overs.

The Louth reply began in a fashion similarly slow to the Sutton innings, as openers Laurence Scott and Richard Bell cautiously played themselves in.

However, the introduction of Sutton bowler Jay Turner marked the beginning of a ruthless onslaught from Scott as he looked a class above at the crease for a period as he scored freely all around the ground taking the game completely away from Sutton during his innings of 59.

The introduction of leg spinner Brant into the attack did slow the scoring for a period and the run rate dropped temporarily.

Sutton still failed to seriously threaten to take the wickets they needed to win the match until opener Richard Bell was caught for a beautifully made and technically sublime 15.

He was unfortunate to have not made more given the perfect technique he played with. This only brought Zain Siddiqui to the crease though who won the match for his side with a furious innings of 31 off just 12 balls, meaning Louth won with 20 overs and two balls to spare. Scott finishing 59 not out.

Next week Louth take on Freiston at London Road where they will hope that they can continue their impressive form and potentially begin to form a serious title challenge.

Thanks to main club sponsor Kenwick Park Hotel and match ball sponsor Richard Garbutt.

 

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