Louth CC just shy of derby win as Grimsby hang on

Amila Wettasinghe shone with bat and ball in Louth's derby against Grimsby EMN-150518-182254002
Amila Wettasinghe shone with bat and ball in Louth's derby against Grimsby EMN-150518-182254002

A maiden century from popular Sri Lankan Amila Wettasinghe helped Louth First XI dominate the derby with Grimsby on Saturday.

Ami also chipped in with four wickets as the Ludensians gained a much-needed winning draw to kickstart their Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League campaign.

Invited to bat first, Louth made good use of a flat deck with John Medler and Richard Bell posting a half-century opening stand in quick time.

But, wickets can quickly change the complexion of a match, and when Medler (32) edged a drive behind, the opening bowlers settled into a good line and length.

Bell (17) and Hamilton (9) soon followed as the runs dried up, but enter Wethersinghe. Watchful at first, the Sri Lankan saw off the opening bowlers and then cut loose.

The boundary was peppered as he recorded his first Louth century in style, falling eventually for 145. He was well supported by Jason Collinson who made a well-constructed 72 in a 190-run fourth-wicket stand.

Cameos with the bat from Louth stalwart Graham West (14 not out) and Tom Corden (3 not out) saw Louth to a massive total of 306-5.

In response, Grimsby struggled against Ami and skipper Andy Carrington with the latter claiming two wickets.

With a mixture of luck and dropped catches, the Grimsby innings gathered momentum as former Louth player Michael Brown and Joe Farmery both reached 50.

Change bowler Robbie Dwyer bowled with good pace, while young spinner Nic Keast thought he had claimed a victim with his first ball only for the batsman to stand his ground.

Corden took two wickets in a typical tight spell of bowling, but it seemed Grimsby would reach 75 per cent of Louth’s score and claim three points.

The reintroduction of openers Ami (4 for 33) and Carrington (3 for 51) restricted Grimsby to 226-9 as Louth finished with 18 well-earned points.

On Saturday, they face a tough-looking trip to Woodhall Spa.

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