Louth 2nd XI struggle with the bat in 111-run defeat at Outcasts

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Louth 2nd XI slipped to a 111-run defeat at Outcasts 1st XI with only four batsmen making it into double figures for the home side at London Road.

Louth skipper Mike Searle won the toss and chose to bowl first on a pitch which looked like it would offer some assistance on Saturday.

However due to some indisciplined bowling Outcasts raced away, reaching 43 in the 5th over before Robbie Dwyer (8-1-45-2) trapped one batsman in front, however runs kept flowing and despite another two wickets Outcasts had reached 78 for 3 after only 14 overs, with Tom Ryder (7-1-32-1) taking the other wicket.

Phil Burrell (15-2-65-0) bowled contiuosly into the wind as Zain Siddique (10-0-54-3) and Ed Brindle (5-0-22-1) rotated at the other end as Outcasts finished on 235 for 7 off their 45 overs.

Louth needed a good start having to acheive a run rate of 5.24 runs per over, however they were soon in trouble and collapsed to 27 for 5, with regular wickets falling Louth were bowled out for only 124, the highest partnership being 27 for the last wicket.

Only four batsmen made it into double figures (all four batting at the end of the innings), Liam Taylor top scored with 26.

Defeat by 111 runs leaves Louth one place above the relegation zone and a dramatic improvement is needed or relegation to Division 2 is a distinct possibility.

Thanks go to club sponsors Kenwick Health and Leisure and Kenwick Estate.