Highest ever ECB league total is not enough to secure Louth a victory over local rivals Grimsby Town

Louth's man of the match Stewart West.
Louth's man of the match Stewart West.

Louth fell agonisingly short of victory against local rivals Grimsby Town at London Road on Saturday despite scoring their highest ever ECB League total, a mammoth 308-5.

But the visitors hold on for 170-9 chasing Louth’s total, denying the hosts a further two points in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

After a critical toss was won by Louth skipper Andy Carrington, Louth’s openers battled through a difficult early phase against the pace and bounce of Australian Joel Hamilton.

But soon Louth picked up the pace with Scott and West launching into some aggressive batting as the opening stages wore on.

Scott amassed 47 before being dismissed LBW but he shared a 112-run opening partnership with West.

Azheem Ghumman fell unluckily for the second week running, caught at square leg again off the bowling of Charlton and Louth were in something of a crisis at 134-2, but Jason Collinson found himself in fine form.

West’s stepped up the pace in some style and progressed from 40 to 98 inside 25 deliveries, including hitting Charlton for 14 off three balls, one of which did not return to the ground.

However, with a maiden ECB century begging and a whole field to nudge singles into his ego got the better of him as he tried to smear another ball out of the ground and was caught well at midwicket with the score on 208.

But Collinson, then Tom Corden and Graham West all managed to hit out with Collinson and West finishing brilliantly on unbeaten innings of 65 and 30 respectively to take Louth to the clubs highest ever ECB League total of 308-5.

Grimsby came out in determined fashion as skipper Jim Morgan and Harry Clewett set off in some style, scoring at eight an over until both fell in consecutive overs.

With the talented young Harry Warwick at the crease Grimsby still looked in with a chance of getting somewhere near Louth’s colossal total, but when Steve Crossley was caught behind by West off the bowling of Carrington, the game did begin to look beyond them.

Two LBWs in quick time off the bowling of Ghumman and Stewart West saw Warwick (56) and Hawkins back in the pavilion and when Charlton was run out, the chance of Grimsby getting close to the 230 required for a reasonable losing draw looked gone.

Further wickets fell to good off spin bowling from Jake Sanders, but with Grimsby on 170- 9, not even the introduction of Laurence Scott’s normally lucky leg breaks could see the final wicket taken and Grimsby managed to reach 175 for a further batting point.

Louth walked away with 18 points from a possible 20, but more importantly a big confidence boost to their batting morale after a dismal last few weeks form.

Man of the match for a hard hitting 98, a wicket and a run out, went to Stewart West. Next week, Louth head to Bourne, where a win will see them stay in touch with the top three.