Louth Cricket: Captain Phil leads Seconds to victory

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Louth CC Second XI took the full 20 points as they entertained Appleby Frodingham in a Lincolnshire County League clash at London Road on Saturday.

The home side won the toss and batted first on a good pitch, but they were soon in trouble when Stewart West was bowled for four, and Henry Tye (7) followed in the same fashion to leave Louth 29-2.

Steve Wright and Dean Jacklin began rebuilding, defending when needed and punishing anything slightly off line, to both reach 50. Wright was first to be dismissed for 64, ending a 95-run stand, and Jacklin fell in the 38th over, bowled for 56.

Reggie Koen launched into the bowling, smashing seven fours and two sixes in a rapid 55 before being caught in the deep. Louth’s lower order all fell in pursuit of quick runs as the hosts reached 220-9 from their 45 overs.

After tea, Louth knew they had to bowl well on an excellent batting track, and that man Koen was soon steaming in to take two quick wickets.

Kully Bains struck with an excellent run-out before Phil Burrell claimed three quick wickets to reduce the visitors to 77-6.

Jase Fisher (3-0-21-1) removed Taylor as Louth sniffed an early finish at 80-7, but determined batting from youngsters Liam Grimes and Tom Kirk showed their top order team-mates how it should be done.

Bowlers were rotated as Stewart West (6-2-16-0) and Tom Law (4-0-20-0) were both unlucky not to claim a wicket.

Koen replaced Burrell at the scoreboard end and claimed the wicket of Kirk for a well-made 34 to finish with 12-3-36-3.

Fellow opening bowler Phil Nicholson (8-0-29-1) returned to bowl the number 10, and with only two overs left skipper Burrell brought himself back into the attack.

He broke the 25-run last wicket stand with his first ball to finish with 10.1-0-38-4 and seal a 39-run victory from a game played in great spirit by both sides.