Runs were aplenty in Louth 1st XI’s final league game of the season against sea-siders Skegness.
With Amila Wettasinghe and Arran Brindle unable to play due to injuries Louth fielded a youthful side.
Bowling first, Louth struck early when Tom Corden’ took the edge of New Zealand opener Tallot and wicket keeper Bertie Milligan-Manby did the rest.
The same combination thought they had repeated the feat in Corden’s next over, but a strong appeal was turned down. This was to prove decisive as the batsman Brackley and Houghton moved the scoreboard on at a quick rate, making use of a good wicket and a quick outfield at London Road.
Carrington did remove Houghton when he was caught at mid-off by John Medler at the third attempt, but his and Corden’s efforts went unrewarded as the batsman regularly played and missed.
Nic Keast and Jake Sanders were brought into the attack and Graham West followed as Louth changed the bowling in an attempt to induce a mistake. Unfortunately it was poor day for the home side in the field with catches dropped and many misfields.
Keast was rewarded when Richard Bell hung onto a high catch but by this stage Brackley had passed 50 and was playing confidently. He went on to score 147 runs before finally edging leg spinner Laurence Scott into Milligan-Manby’s gloves.
Scott claimed two more wickets courtesy of catches by Corden and Medler, who again juggled the catch before the Skegness innings closed on a huge total of 298 runs off their 50 overs.
Faced with such a large total it would have been easy for the Louth batsman to succumb to tired bodies and scoreboard pressure especially with South African quick bowler Young firing the ball down at great speed.
However, the batsman stood up to be counted with Scott (65), Medler (81) and Corden (57 not out) all passing 50, the first time three Louth batsman had scored 50 in the same innings this season.
Ultimately the total proved too much to chase, but Louth did post their highest total of the season finishing 253 for the loss of only 3 wickets to claim a draw.
The result saw Louth take 10 points, which was enough to see the side climb one place to eighth in the final League standings. Louth would have hoped for more having been third at the half-way stage, but there are many positives to build on to take into next season.
Man of the match went to Tom Corden who recorded his maiden ECB League half century, tireless spells of bowling and excellent fielding.
Louth CC would like to thank its supporters for their wonderful support during the season. Thanks also to main club sponsor Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsors Classic Freight Limited.