Louth CC First XI entertained Spalding at London Road on Saturday, with the best cricketing weather of the season greeting the visitors.
It was then no surprise that on winning the toss the Louth captain Andy Carrington chose to bat first.
Laurence Scott and Richard Bell strode to the crease fresh from Scott’s first century the week previous, they started well showing caution to some tight bowling from Roy Tilley.
However, at 25-1 Bell was adjudged to have a hit another leg side delivery from James Hook and given out caught behind.
Scott was joined by Henry Tye after a late call up on the Friday evening as the chairman John Medler was called away to be his wife’s side at the birth of their second child.
Both were looking in control and took the score to 75 before Scott fell for 19 and the next ball Tye went for 23.
This set the tone for the innings with all batsmen getting in and not going to make a match winning score.
At 184 for 9 Louth looked unlikely to achieve their full batting points, However a last wicket stand of 41 between skipper Carrington and the ever improving youngster Nick Keast who, in particular, took the fight to the bowlers with an aggressive innings of 33no that defied his years, took the Louth score to 225 all out in the last over.
Dan Milgate, the Australian off spinner, finished with figures of 7-71.
At the tea interval both sides would have fancied going on to win the game.
Spalding skipper Rob Ambrose and the South African batsman Warren Nell opened the innings and began at a good pace to set about chasing down the Louth total. Ambrose then fell to Carrington and when the dangerous Nell fell to that man/boy Keast Spalding were 66-3 and Louth had their tails up.
Millgate and Tim Norris had other ideas and started rebuilding the innings taking the score to 139-6, but Tom Corden picked up three wickets in yet another impressive spell of bowling, and the unlucky tag may well have been wrestled from round his neck.
With nine wickets down and overs starting to run down Carrington returned to remove the final wicket and Louth took the full 20 points.
They will need to take the confidence of four wins in four as they travel to lead leaders Bracebridge Heath on Saturday.
Louth would like to thank their sponsors the Lake family and Kenwick Park and match ball sponsors Thompson and Smith.