CRICKET: Batting again proves thorn in Louth’s side

Louth's Amila Wettasinghe bowling to Lindum's Saikat Sarkar. EMN-141008-193631001
Louth's Amila Wettasinghe bowling to Lindum's Saikat Sarkar. EMN-141008-193631001

Louth travelled away to Lindum in need of a victory in order to stop their slide down the table, having lost their previous three games.

They were hoping that their batsmen would fire after several games in which the entire batting order had underperformed. Unfortunately they were to be disappointed as Carrington lost the toss, and Louth were inserted.

Though back to full strength and including Arran Brindle back at the top of the order, Louth looked yet again all at sea with the bat in hand.

Early wickets of Scott and then Stuart Barker allowed Lindum’s skipper Johnny Miller to apply plenty of pressure around the bat. Only Weththasinghe and Tom Corden got into double figures, with the Sri Lankan notching up a positive, attacking 47, before being bowled.

Unfortunately Corden followed shortly afterwards clipping an innocuous delivery from Bansil to mid wicket. That was the story of Louth’s innings, as batsmen just found a way of getting out.

Louth were skittled for only 100 runs inside 30 overs to cap off a disastrous last few games with the bat.

Lindum are very much the in-form side with bat and ball in the league, having risen to second in the table in recent weeks. With that in mind, Louth held out little hope of getting a result at the interval, but as ever their bowling would not let them down.

Even though Lindum got to 28 without loss, Weththasinghe and Carrington were beating the bat with some degree of impunity.

Wickets began to fall with good penetrative and probing bowling from the two openers and before Lindum knew it they were 70 for 6, having lost six wickets for 42 runs.

An unlikely Louth win now looked a possibility and when Lindum’s last recognised batsman Charlie Tomlinson edged West to the slips, the game looked momentarily Louth’s, but alas the ball slipped between 1st and 2nd slip and the game also slipped away as Tomlinson made the most of his reprieve with some dashing stroke play to give Lindum a far from comfortable win. Next week Louth entertain Billingborough at home, in desperate need of a twenty points victory. Thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsors Gleadell Agriculture Ltd.