Louth Cricket Club’s first team secured a much needed and dramatic 13-run win over struggling Hartsholme at London Road on Saturday, with skipper Andy Carrington the late hero.
A brave decision by Carrington to bat on an overcast afternoon and a wicket that looked a touch green was soon brought into question as Stewart West ran himself out in the third over.
The wicket didn’t prove easy to score on as John Medler joined Laurence Scott, however when Medler was dismissed cheaply LBW and the score on only 15, it was beginning to look like a top order collapse.
However, Jason Collinson and Scott managed to stabilise the ship and took the score to to 55 when Scott decided to shoulder arms to a straight delivery, bringing the in form Zeeshan Ahmed to the wicket.
Ahmed was well up for the task though, playing positively in the face of some tight bowling.
But Collinson found himself back in the pavilion with the score on 94 for 4 and Ahmed eventually played one shot too many and was dismissed on 61, leaving Tom Corden and Graham West to try to scrape the score up to a par of 200.
This they did in style as both played fluently taking 10 runs an over off the last eight overs to see Louth thought to a total of 210, with West finishing with a swashbuckling half century.
Although Louth’s opening bowlers looked very dangerous a wicket did not come along and Hatrsholme progressed to 60 without loss.
Stewart West and Andy Carrington came into the attack and West in particular looked dangerous with some late out swing, finding the edge of Henry Rush’s bat, with keeper Graham West taking the catch, before clean bowling Louis Kimber.
Hartsholme never quite got ahead of the run rate and it was beginning to look like the growing crowd would be in for some nail biting entertainment at the death.
They were not disappointed as leg spinner Laurence Scott took two invaluable wickets, one of which saw a breathtaking one handed diving catch by John Medler.
However the score kept nudging closer and with the score on 180 for 7 and with three overs remaining Carrington brought himself back on.
In the penultimate over Scott snared Shiito LBW and with the score now on 189 for 8, the game looked up for Hartsholme.
The score crept to 192 going into the last over and the script was about to take a massive twist. Carrington bowled a no ball then a boundary was hit through the covers.
With two balls remaining and still two wickets needed to secure an outright win Carrington pulled out a superb delivery to find the edge of Arundell’s bat.
Wilkinson came to the crease looking a little low on confidence and the Louth fielders were urging a full straight delivery from their skipper.
He came up trumps, trapping Wilkinson right in front of middle stump. The umpire raised his finger and sending Louth into seventh heaven.
The win was sorely needed as Louth head for a tough game at top of the league Woodhall Spa next week.
In a tough call, the umpires opted to give man of the match to Louth seam bowler Stewart West for his 5 for 52 off 15 overs.