Louth CC First XI pulled off a fantastic away victory to defeat the reigning Lincolnshire ECB Premier League champions Bourne at Abbey Lawn.
The result owed much to a brilliant batting display from Laurence Scott and a high quality all-round performance in the field.
Asked to bat first, Louth openers Scott and Richard Bell posted a half-century partnership which ended when Bell was caught off a leading edge.
Two quick wickets fell, but Scott brought up a well-made 50 in the 23rd over. Amila Weththrasinghe (28) and Matt Hamilton (23) joined Scott and scored at a run-a-ball to push Louth into a strong position.
Scott continued to punish anything loose, peppering the boundary with powerful pull shots and drives and reached his maiden First XI century in style with his first six of the innings.
He was eventually caught for 117, but his fellow batsmen kept finding ways of getting out, and only a 10th wicket stand between Nic Keast and Andy Carrington ensured Louth picked up maximum batting points, bowled out for a reasonable 236.
Against a strong batting line-up, Louth knew they had to bowl and field well on a good batting pitch. Carrington took the first wicket in the 10th over thanks to a catch from wicketkeeper Graham West, and Weththrasinghe (1 for 52) soon bowled the other opener with a well-disguised slower ball.
Carrington soon had Bourne’s star batsmen Louth and Morgan back in the hutch thanks to another good West catch and a clear lbw.
Scott’s leg spin removed the dangerous Wilson to leave Bourne reeling at 87-5. Carrington, who missed part of Louth’s innings while sleeping off a migraine, continued to cause headaches for the home batsmen as he bowled his 17 overs straight through to finish with 5 for 43.
Tom Corden replaced Scott (1 for 19) and was soon in the wickets thanks to a good caught and bowled, and John Medler’s catch at mid-on.
With one wicket to take, rain briefly threatened to ruin Louth’s day, but the sun shone through in time for Corden (3 for 27) to take the edge and man-of-the-match Scott the catch.
Louth climb to sixth and will look for their fourth straight win when they host bottom side Spalding on Saturday.
Team sponsors: The Lake family and Kenwick Park.