A below-par batting performance saw by Louth 1st XI fall to a five-wicket defeat against Skegness in their latest Lincolnshire ECB Premier League outing.
The defeat left the hosts in seventh place, but just 11 points above the drop zone in a congested bottom half of the table.
In a game reduced to 38 overs per side, following overnight rain, Louth skipper Andy Carrington won the toss and decided to bat.
But Louth’s top order batting was blown away by South African quick bowler Brendan Young who uprooted the stumps of Laurence Scott, Richard Bell and Jason Collinson with full swinging deliveries.
Young also removed Tom Corden from a back of the length ball which was gloved behind to the keeper. At the other end John Medler was caught via a leading edge off the bowling of Umar Farooq to leave the Louth innings in tatters at 13-5.
Amila Wettasinghe showed runs could be scored as he mixed defence with attack in his innings of 43 which included seven boundaries.
Matt Hamilton was trapped lbw to Farooq who then took the key wicket of Wettasinghe when a mistimed pull shot was skied and caught by Norman Brackley.
Graham West was caught driving on the up, and at this stage Louth looked unlikely to post 100 runs.
They did thanks to Nic Keast who continued his recent impressive batting form to score 26. Keast was supported by Robbie Dwyer, but Brackley’s offspin accounted for both to leave Louth 116 all out in 30 overs.
In response Louth’s bowlers Amila, Carrington and Corden bowled well and regularly beat the bat, but fortune was not with the home side on this occasion.
Even when the edge was found, the ball fell into gaps to frustrate the bowlers. Louth did take 5 wickets with Corden the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets, while Amila and Carrington claimed one apiece.
Louth’s fielding was generally good with the highlight being Dwyer’s exceptional over-the-shoulder catch whilst running back to the boundary to dismiss Jamie Epton.
But a lack of runs cost Louth as the seasiders ran out comfortable victors.
Louth will need a much-improved batting performance when they travel to Augusta Street on Saturday to take on second-bottom Grimsby Town.
The club would like to thank its sponsors the Lake Family and Kenwick Park.
Louth: L. Scott 0, R. Bell 0, J. Medler 0, J. Collinson 1, A. Wettasinghe 43, T. Corden 4, M. Hamilton 5, G. West 7, N. Keast 26, R. Dwyer 7, A. Carrington 0*, Extras 23. Total: 116.
Bowling: A. Wettasinghe 12-2-34-1; A. Carrington 11-1-44-1; T. Corden 10.5-2-37-3.