Derby delight as Firsts rout Grimsby

Louth's Amila Wettasinghe was in devastating form against Grimsby EMN-150308-175255002
Louth's Amila Wettasinghe was in devastating form against Grimsby EMN-150308-175255002

Louth First XI moved clear of the Lincs ECB Premier drop zone as they returned to winning ways at local rivals Grimsby on Saturday.

The Firsts welcomed back talented batsman Rory Osmond for his first match for the club since 2010.

Skipper Andy Carrington won the toss and chose to bowl on a wicket offering plenty for the seamers.

Carrington and Amila Wettasinghe opened and it wasn’t long before the wickets started to fall. The first came in unusual style when Joe Farmery was stumped from 15 yards by Graham West off the bowling of Wettasinghe.

Carrington was swinging and seaming the ball beautifully, and trapped Sean Campbell lbw with an inswinger, and then bowled opener Connor Hawkins with a ball which shaped in and then seamed away.

Grimsby’s batsmen briefly rallied, but Tom Corden, replacing Amila, made sure there was no respite. Moving the ball in the air and off the pitch he removed the dangerous Brown lbw, when he missed a full toss.

The very next ball Corden uprooted the off stump of new batsman Hayden Tice with a ball which cut back.

Wettasinghe returned for a second spell, replacing Carrington, and his full, quick bowling was too good for the home side’s young batsmen, bowling five players in quick succession to leave Grimsby all out for 94 off just 28 overs.

In response, Louth lost opener Laurence Scott caught behind in the first over, but Osmond, in his first ECB league match in more than two years, played with authority and reassurance to keep the scoreboard ticking over and the bowlers frustrated.

Louth did lose John Medler, lbw, and Jason Collinson caught behind, but any hopes Grimsby had of turning the match around were quickly extinguished by Wettasinghe.

He hit 43 not out off just 27 balls to lead Louth to a seven-wicket victory with Osmond (21 not out) happy to play the supporting role.

A much-needed win and improved performance which moved Louth move up to sixth in the table.

The team an even better performance will be required on Saturday when they host league leaders Woodhall Spa at London Road (noon start).

The club would like to thank its sponsors the Lake Family and Kenwick Park.