Louth CC Second XI and Caistor were involved in a nailbiter late last season, but this wasn’t the case at London Road on Saturday.
Louth won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling in overcast, humid conditions. Debutant Luke Johnson (4-0-30-2) struck in his first over, and the 14-year-old then produced an excellent delivery to beat the number three batsman.
At the other end, Reggie Koen’s excellent fast bowling reduced Caistor to 28-4 before a 50-minute rain delay.
On resumption, Stewart West and Phil Burrell came on and stifled the run rate with nice line and length. West removed the dangerous Gowshall for 51 as Caistor moved on to 94-6,
Burrell (15-3-32-2) bowled economically at the pavilion end as West picked up his third wicket to finish with 11-1-37-3. Koen (6-2-20-3) returned to bowl out Caistor for 130 off 39 overs.
After tea, Steve Wright and West started in rapid fashion with 42 runs off the first five overs. Wright (16) was first to go, lbw, to end the 70-run opening stand, put on in only eight overs.
Henry Tye also scored freely before he was caught for 11, but West passed 50 and continued to attack.
Dean Jacklin was caught behind for 0, but Koen and West saw Louth to a seven-wicket victory, West finishing 91 not out with two sixes and 15 fours.
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* Louth Third XI suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday against Cleethorpes Fourth XI.
Cleethorpes won the toss and made use of favourable bowling conditions as the Louth batsmen struggled against Steve Kemshall (8 for 42).
Zubair Ahmed was the stand-out batsman with 42 while Sam Ellis (13) and extras were the only other double figure scores as Louth were dismissed for 90 in under 27 overs.
Louth knew they needed to take early wickets, and Sam Ellis (11-1-32-3) bowled with pace, but three missed chances cost them dearly as Cleethorpes reached their target for the loss of five wickets in 21.4 overs.
Russ Hayward (5.4-0-26-2) took the other wickets to fall.