Louth 2nd XI get revenge over Outcasts with 46-run victory thanks to Ahmed heroics

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Louth CC’s 2nd XI picked up a valuable 46-run win at Outcasts 1st XI, avenging the previous week’s dismal 111-run defeat to the same opposition.

Outcasts won the toss and invited Louth to bat first, with captain Mike Searle opening with John Medlar. And the pair batted well against the new ball putting on 50 for the 1st wicket.

Henry Tye came in at number three and he and Medlar added 25 for the 2nd wicket before Tye was caught in the slips for 10.

Zeesham Ahmed and Medlar built a very strong 3rd wicket partnership, both players launching several pull shots over the deep square leg boundary for maximums, the pair added 73, Medlar having passed his half century was then dismissed LBW for 69.

A mini collapse then ensued as Mark Duell and Jamie Johnson departed without troubling the scorers, Ahmed and Liam Taylor (30 not out) made an unbroken 72 as Louth closed on 222 for 5 off 45 overs, Ahmed finishing 88 not out.

After tea Louth took to the field, and were soon in the wickets as Phil Burrell had opener Coulman caught behind and danger man Lawson caught in the gully, Outcasts were reduced to 13 for 4 as Burrell and Ed Brindle (11-4-51-1) removed the top order, Burrell then trapped Buttrick LBW to make it 58 for 5.

Niall Illingworth bowled a great spell to take 2 for 38 off 7 overs removing top scorer Tait. Burrell clean bowled Fletcher to take five wickets and finish with figures of 15-3-42-5.

A last flurry of runs kept everyone on edge, but the injured Robbie Dwyer returned to take 2 for 7 off 3.4 overs as Louth won by 46 runs.