Crowther helps Louth to see off Skegness

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LOUTH thrashed Skegness by 104 runs at London Road on Saturday to re-affirm their top half credentials in the Lincs ECB Premier League

Despite finding themselves six wickets down after just 16 overs, the hosts posted 290-7 in the first innings.

Opener Stuart West hit 56 and Graham West smashed 59 before Matt Crowther batted brilliantly for a fine 97.

Crowther paced his innings well and let rip in the final overs hitting six after six and putting the Skegness bowlers to the sword.

However Crowther fell just short of his first ECB century as Louth posted an imposing total.

Skegness, chasing the huge total, struggled in the early stages of their innings. Louth paceman Andy Carrington took four for 47 and Stuart West followed up his batting heroics with five for 73 to bowl the Seasiders out for 186.

The win meant Louth scooped the maximum 20 points for the game and put themselves in the driving seat for a fourth placed finish in the league.

But it was agony for the visitors who find themselves relegated to Division One with a game left to play.

Louth will travel to seventh placed Grimsby Town this weekend in their final outing of the season hoping to wrap up a creditable fourth placed finish.