CRICKET: Louth shine in Deepings summer sun


Louth travelled to Peterborough to face Deeping on Saturday with hopes of continuing their good form of late and they were not to be disappointed.

On the first hot day of the summer, the good luck dried out for Arran Brindle as she was caught behind in the first over.

Stewart West joined Laurence Scott and also fell early caught behind. Both were victims of sideways movement on what was an unusually green wicket for Deeping and Louth found themselves yet again at 20 for 2.

However, Amila Weththasinghe and Scott began to put together a solid partnership, with Scott digging in, whilst Weththasinghe played aggressively from word go.

Weththasinghe closing in on a deserved half century smashed one to mid-off who caught it well, to leave Louth on 100 for 3.

Henry Tye came in and played really positively, relishing his new role at number 5, but after some crushing blows, he dragged his back foot out and fell victim to a sharp stumping.

At 130 for 4 Louth could have capitulated, but their depth of batting really showed as Scott was joined by his 5th partner Graham West.

The wily spinner Mehul Adata came on to put the squeeze on the Louth innings, but West and Scott were having none of it and took the seamers on with some lusty sixes from West and some sensible, classy shots coming from the rock like Scott at the other end.

They took the score on to 200 plus until Scott, closing in on his maiden ECB century, holed out in the deep for a well constructed knock of 75.

West continued hammering the bowling to all parts as the score crept up to 250, which looked about par. However, even when West fell for a destructive 62, Tom Corden and Bertie Milligan Manby continued the assault and did a flamboyant job of getting Louth up to an imposing total of 275 for 7.

Louth were rightly confident going into the second half after their bowling display against Bracebridge Heath the week before, but this time it was not Carrington that did the damage, though he again bowled beautifully at the Market Deeping top order.

Weththasinghe took things to a different level this week as he bowled back of a length, jagging the ball around with impunity and knocked over the Market Deeping talented top order.

By the time the dangerous Dave Gillett came to the wicket, Deeping were railing at 70 for 4, all victims of Weththasinghes disciplined assault.

Bowling his 14th over on the bounce, he was still taking wickets though, this time clean bowling number 5 for his first five wicket haul for the club.

Stewart West replaced skipper Carrington, who had again bowled superbly, but with no luck, Tom Corden came on for Weththasinghe.

Both continued the unerring pressure and West picked up a couple of wickets, including clean bowling Gillett with a jaffa. By the time Jake Sanders replaced West, it was a matter of when, not if, Louth take the final wicket for maximum 20 points and when Lee Peacock struck one hard through mid-wicket, Milligan-Manby made a great attempt, spilt the catch but proceeded to run him out, to leave Deeping 158 all out and Louth with a thoroughly deserved 20 point haul.

Man of the match for his 46 runs and superb bowling figures of 6 for 48 was Sri Lankan all-rounder Amila Weththasighe.

This week Louth host Lincoln Lindum at London Road and will be looking to close the 11 point gap on league leaders Bourne. 12.00pm start. Bar open from 2pm and support welcome. Thanks to sponsors Kenwick Park Estate and match ball sponsor Makhteshim Agan UK Ltd.