Louth CC Taverners win T20 silverware

Laurence Scott's innings of 41 helped the Taverners to victory against Frieston
Laurence Scott's innings of 41 helped the Taverners to victory against Frieston

Louth Taverners were celebrating end-of-season silverware as the club hosted T20 finals day for the East Lindsey Cricket League Division One on Sunday.

The Sunday side, skippered by Zubair Ahmed, beat Frieston to lift the cup for the first time, capping a successful season which also saw them finish second in the league.

With a strong side out, Louth easily defeated Cleethorpes and reigning champions Frieston beat the same opposition to set up a winner-takes-all decider in the evening.

After winning the toss, Ahmed elected to bat first and Louth were soon on the charge. Following a calm start, Imran Cheema exploded the game into life in the fifth over by helping to smash 29 off one over with support from Laurence Scott, taking the score to 57-1.

Despite the loss of Cheema for 26, Henry Tye (25) played several powerful shots off his legs to push the scoring along in an innings which included four boundaries.

Keeper Zeeshan Saeed took a stunning one-handed catch while sprinting backwards to remove Scott for 41 valuable runs.

Louth were well-placed to make a huge score on a slow pitch at 100-3 off 11 overs, but wickets began to fall and the scoring slowed.

Tom Corden’s 19 not out was the only other notable score against skilful bowling from Chester (3 for 21) as Louth finished their 20 overs on 160-8.

Frieston made a solid start, reaching 44-0 in the sixth over, with openers Paul and Saeed building a strong platform.

Paul (35) hit the ball around the ground with abandon as his unorthodox technique proved difficult to bowl at.

Louth took two wickets soon after, but this didn’t stop the assault from the visiting batsmen.

Frieston moved onto 116-3 in the 16th over with the game truly in the balance before Imran Cheema (2-0-12-2) had Abdul Moeed caught on the boundary for 19.

This exposed Frieston’s fragile middle order who couldn’t deal with the required run rate as the chase fizzled out.

Eventually, opener Zeeshan Saeed was caught on the boundary for 42 and Frieston’s last hopes was extinguished, bowled out in the last over for 141.

Louth CC would like to thank all players, helpers and spectators who have supported them throughout the season and this success possible.