Louth CC’s 1st XI reached 78-1 against Spalding on Saturday before the game had to be abandoned because of heavy rain, dropping them from 1st to 3rd in the Lincolnshire Premier League.
The second XI’s match at Holton le Clay 1st XI survived however, but they might have wished it hadn’t as they slipped to a six wicket defeat.
Holton le Clay won the toss and elected to field, but Louth’s openers Steve Wright and John Medler got off to a flying start scoring at seven an over before Medler fell for 54 with the score at 105.
Zain Siddique, playing his first game of 2013, joined Wright and pair moved the score onto 134 when the rain came. With the sky full of rain clouds Louth began attacking attempting to reach maximum batting points to allow a declaration before Wright was harshly adjudged lbw for 53.
Ziddique went shortly after for 27 with the middle order collapsing in the search for quick runs.
It was left to Mark Duell (23 not out) to ensure the side reached 200 and the declaration was made giving Holton le Clay 49 overs to bat, however this seemed highly unlikely with the dark clouds looming.
Then the turning point of the game came. The sun started to shine as the clouds vanished into the Humber! Holton le Clay opener Rob Griffin punished anything loose, but despite Ed Brindle picked up a wicket early doors.
Louth’s bowling attack didn’t look like taking more wickets though as the home side dispatched the bad balls to the boundary.
Siddique (2-43) was the pick of the Louth bowlers, Niall Illingworth (1-19) was the only other wicket taker as Holton le Clay got home with 11 balls to spare to win by six wickets.
Rob Griffin hit a match winning 114 not out ably supported by Lewis Gash (47 not out).
Louth visit Scunthorpe Town 2nd XI on Saturday and need to start working together as a bowling unit if they do not want to endure a long, hard season in the field.
Many thanks to club sponsors Kenwick Estate and Kenwick Health and Leisure.