Skegness all-rounder Saeed Bariwala was given a guard of honour by East Lindsey rivals Louth at Richmond Drive as he stepped onto the pitch for his last game for the seasiders.
It had been widely reported that this would be Siddy’s final game due to other commitments.
But was it really a guard of honour from Louth, or a delegation making sure that they were seeing the back of Bariwala?
He has turned in a number of match-winning performances for the seasiders against Louth over the ten years he has been playing for the club. And on Saturday he finished off with a bang, scoring 59 runs and grabbing four wickets to ensure he left on a winning note.
His performances have included a 169 scored at Louth in 2012 and a 90-run haul and seven wickets on the same ground this summer, so Louth can be forgiven for being glad to see the back of him.
With over 600 runs and 39 wickets this season Bariwala has again made a valuable contribution to the club he describes as a family to him.
And it would seem he saves his best for the matches against Louth. Indeed, he and Pete Houghton put on 89 for the first wicket before his partner fell victim to a smart piece of wicket keeping by Graham West in the 20th over.
Jamie Epton had made just the one scoring stroke from 22 deliveries before becoming the first of Jake Sanders’s four wickets, helping one onto his stumps.
And then Bariwala himself became the first of three wickets in three overs with Skegness stuck on 122.
The all-too-familiar collapse continued as the seasiders were bowled out for 164 in the 48th over.
Tom Cuthbert removed both Louth openers in his first two overs before a third wicket stand of 45 between Jason Collinson and Zeehan Ahmed restored some stability to the innings.
At 102 for three the visitors looked set to make it a losing finish for Bariwala, but Milgate removed Collinson when he was looking threatening and Matthew Hamilton gifted the Aussie with another wicket when he skied another delivery to the long on boundary for Williams to gather.
Louth’s Graham West was beginning to run out of partners, but the win was still within reach.
It was therefore fitting that Bariwala should break Louth hearts yet again with four wickets in six overs.
With the crowd on the edge of their seats, albeit in the warmer surroundings of the clubhouse, Louth needed seven to win from the last four overs.
But Williams clean bowled Sanders to deny West the chance of glory.
Skegness (17pts) beat Louth (7pts) by six runs.
Skegness - P Houghton st G West b Carringon 41; S Bariwala c Carrington b Sanders 59; J Epton b Sanders 4; J Hoskin lbw b S West 1; R Lovelace b S West 14; P Butler run out (Ahmed) 0; D Milgate c Limmer b Sanders 10; N Brackley b Sanders 8; S Chamberlain c Hamilton b Carringon 0; S Williams lbw b Carrington 2; T Cuthbert not out 5. Extras 20. Total - 164 all out.
Bowling - M Hamilton 4-1-19-0; A Carrington 14.1-5-33-3; S West 17-2-61-2; J Sanders 12-1-44-4.
Louth - S West c Lovelace b Cuthbert 15; L Scott b Cuthbert 0; J Collinson b Milgate 40; X Ahmed c Williams b Butler 18; M Hamilton c Williams b Milgate 23; G West not out 35; H Tye lbw b Bariwala 0; S Barker c Houghton b Bariwala 9; R Limmer c Epton b Bariwala 4; A Carrington c Epton b Bariwala 0; J Sanders b Williams 0. Extras 14. Total - 158 all out.
Bowling - S Williams 10.1-2-26-1; T Cuthbert 8-0-37-2; P Butler 6-1-16-1; S Bariwala 16-6-45-4; D Milgate 8-3-24-2.