Louth CC: Seconds retake top spot from Cleethorpes

Steve Wright EMN-150806-113618002
Steve Wright EMN-150806-113618002

Louth Second XI returned to the top of Lincolnshire County League Division One after toppling leaders Cleethorpes by 52 runs on Saturday.

With a strong batting line-up and a flat pitch, captain Phil Burrell chose to bat first after winning the toss.

Openers Steve Wright and Jake Sanders started watchfully, but Sanders soon got into his stride until he fell caught in the deep for 28 to end a 52-run stand. Stewart West was caught at slip for 0, but wicket-keeper Henry Tye and Wright moved the score along at four-an-over before Tye was caught for 27.

With 12 overs left, Louth had only 112 on the board, but Reggie Koen made a rapid 50, smashing 25 runs off the 36th over, before he was bowled.

Wright (72) posted his first half-century of the season, but in the pursuit of quick runs Louth’s innings fell away to 203 all out in the final over.

Louth knew they would have to make early inroads against a very strong Cleethorpes batting line-up.

Paceman Koen was unlucky not to strike twice, while Phil Nicholson (7-2-20-1) also saw two catches spilled off his excellent line and length.

Fine work by Wright and Sanders ran out opener Fanthorpe, and after 15 overs Cleethorpes were 48-2.

The introduction of Burrell’s spin and senior seam bowler West forced four consecutive maiden overs as Cleethorpes added just 22 in 12 overs.

West removed the dangerous Marris and bowled Hughes two balls later, while Burrell (8-2-29-1) removed Markham first ball, reducing Cleethorpes to 81-7.

Haith hit some lusty blows before he was caught off West before Jase Fisher (4-0-19-1) broke the next partnership.

West struck again to finish with excellent figures of 15-2-38-4, and Koen (9-0-31-1) returned to dismiss top scorer Cook with a superb one-handed caught and bowled.

Cleethorpes’ final wicket pair held on to deny Louth an extra bowling point.

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