Louth CC take ECB Premier winning run to four at Market Deeping

Louth batsman Rory Osmond is tucked up by Market Deeping bowler Tom Andrews EMN-150831-104729002
Louth batsman Rory Osmond is tucked up by Market Deeping bowler Tom Andrews EMN-150831-104729002

Sri Lankan all-rounder Amila Wettasinghe hit a fine century as Louth First XI made it four straight Lincs ECB Premier wins at Market Deeping on Saturday.

The 93-run victory kept Louth in fifth place, 14 points behind fourth-placed Bourne.

Louth captain Andy Carrington won the toss and elected to bat first, sending the openers Laurence Scott and Matthew Hamilton to the crease.

From the outset there seemed to be something in the surface for the bowlers as the ball swung and nipped around. But Hamilton had other ideas and appeared to score with ease before his questionable decision to leave a straight delivery from Andrews saw him clean bowled for 33.

Andrews continued to bowl good areas, shaping the ball away from the right-hander and making life difficult for the Louth batsmen.

Rory Osmond was questionably adjudged run out, shortly after the dismissal of Hamilton, much to the bemusement of most of the crowd.

From here the Louth batsmen struggled to get themselves in and wickets fell at regular intervals, leaving Louth in a doubtful position of 88-5 after 21 overs.

But Amila Wetthasinghe and Graham West stepped up to the plate when their side needed them.

The pair scored runs easily and fluently, adding 108 before West was dismissed by a Kriek bouncer which would have had many batsmen in bother.

Wettasinghe played the more dominant role in the partnership, dismissing the Deeping bowling to all parts of the ground, and continued to do so as the innings drew to a close.

A combination of the Sri Lankan’s continuing dominance and some lusty hitting from the lower order saw Louth finish with a total of 266, Wettasinghe unbeaten on 128, an innings which he dedicated to his son Ryan on his seventh birthday.

At the halfway point Louth felt they were favourites to go on and win, but refused to take the strong home batting line-up for granted.

Deeping started well until they lost their first wicket with the total on 29. Good bowling from Wettasinghe and Carrington saw wickets fall regularly with only Wheatly providing some resistance before Carrington removed him for 60.

Scott also contributed by dismissing the experienced Dave Gillet cheaply, courtesy of an outstanding catch in the covers from Hamilton.

With Deeping eight wickets down, Tom Corden was introduced into the attack and swiftly removed the two remaining wickets to bowl the hosts out for 173.

Thanks go to club sponsors the Lake family and Kenwick Park.