Taverners stay top

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Louth Taveners took on Tetford on Sunday in the East Lindsey Cricket League Division One.

After winning the toss, Louth skipper Zubair Ahmed decided to bat first and saw his decision immediately start to pay dividends.

With a strong batting line up, Louth put on 91 for the first wicket before Zain Siddiqui was bowled for a powerful 47, having set a fantastic platform for Louth to post a good score.

At the other end, Rory Osmond progressed to a well crafted 38 before he was dismissed, and Henry Tye blasted a quick fire 36. Soon however, Zeeshan Ahmed and Tom Corden were together at the crease.

The pair tore into the bowling and pummelled it around the ground. Ahmed seemed particularly aggressive as he hit three sixes and eight fours in his innings of 60.

Corden though continued to blast his way to 61 as Louth closed on a mammoth score of 296 off their 40 overs.

After the interval, Louth began to further consolidate their position. Luke Johnson was the pick of the bowlers throughout the innings as he claimed 6-0-35-3.

Johnson who is having a wonderful year for Louth, caused havoc as he annihilated the Tetford top order with seeming ease.

He kept the ball full and reaped the rewards with a spell Tetford simply couldn’t handle.

Despite this Tetford were still 54-3 and relatively respectable.

However, both father and son Shameer and Naeem Khawar, who removed opener Smith for a battling 53, took 5-2-14-1 and 3-1-10-2, combined with two run outs from Siddiqui and Corden to leave Tetford in disarray.

Eventually, Louth captain Zubair Ahmed entered the attack to finish off the innings with 1.5-1-3-2 to bowl out Tetford for 99 and win by 197 runs, in a near perfect performance.

This Sunday, Louth travel to Holton Le Clay where they will hope to continue their good run of form, and remain at the top of the league as they continue their title push.