Louth CC Second XI fall short in promotion showdown

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Louth Second XI reflected on a positive campaign despite missing out on promotion to the Lincs league Premier Division,

Saturday’s game was the biggest of the season for both sides as the victors would gain promotion, and Louth skipper Phil Burrell drew first blood as he won the toss and bowled first in overcast conditions.

Holton-le-Clay started watchfully as Reggie Koen again bowled as excellent opening spell to claim both openers thanks to sharp slip catches from Dean Jacklin.

Stewart West (11-2-37-1) soon struck to leave the visitors 50-3, and Phil Nicholson (8-0-42-2) claimed two middle order victims as HLC reached 78-5.

A great sixth wicket stand between Plaskitt and Gash (46 not out) added 104 runs in 18 overs before Plaskitt fell for an excellent 69 to give Koen (13-4-45-3) his third wicket.

Burrell (10-1-40-0) and Jason Fisher (3-0-23-0) both went wicketless as HLC posted 197-6 off their 45 overs.

Louth’s reply was soon in trouble as John Medler (6) was caught in the slips and Richard Bell (0) was caught at square leg to leave Louth 21-2.

Steve Wright and Dean Jacklin put on 48 runs for the third wicket before Jacklin was caught at mid-wicket for 11.

Stewart West hit a rapid 11 before falling, caught at point, and Reggie Koen was adjudged lbw for eight.

When Wright was bowled next ball for an excellent 69 the game was effectively gone with Louth 110-6. Burrell was next to go, trapped leg before without scoring, and the remaining wickets fell quickly.

Nicholson (5), Mark Duell (2) and Jack Leeming (0) all fell within four overs as Louth were bowled out for 133, Jase Fisher unbeaten with 12.

Louth finished the season in third place, a great improvement from two years ago when the team was relegated from the same division.

Thanks to club sponsors the Lake Family and Kenwick Park estate for their support during 2015.