Louth distraught 
after loss at the last

Louth Cricket Club captain Andy Carrington EMN-151105-090650001
Louth Cricket Club captain Andy Carrington EMN-151105-090650001

Louth travelled to Skegness in hope of changing their season fortunes and were buoyed by the arrival of Sri Lankan star all-rounder Amila Weththasinghe.

Losing the toss, Louth got off to promising start with both openers Scott and West making 16 a piece, however falling before either could make a real impact on the game.

This theme unfortunately continued throughout the Louth innings with the majority of batsman making good contributions without anybody reaching a 50 landmark.

Most impressively in the middle order, Graham West (28), Weththasinge (33) and Matt Hamilton (29). Hamilton’s batting was most easing on the eye, however he became caught up in an unfortunate mix up just as he was starting to dominate.

At this point in the innings Louth could have easily stumbled, however 15-year-old Nic Keast (20) and Phil Nicholson’s (18*) fightback led Louth to a par 192-9.

At the halfway stage Louth would have felt confident, particularly with opening bowler Weththasinghe’s return.

Skegness’s innings had a similar feel to the Louth innings with no batsman passing 50 showing the difficulty of the pitch. From the offset the game had the feeling of being close, however nobody could’ve predicted how close the game actually turned out to be.

Louth skipper Andy Carrington continuously took wickets throughout the innings to finish with exceptional figures of 5-47.

Skegness required just 10 runs to win with the last wicket partnership at the crease. During the penultimate over Louth thought they had won the game with debutant Tom Law taking a good catch off the leg spinner Laurence Scott.

However the umpire judged the ball to have stuck the batsman’s thigh pad. Skegness sealed the win with just four balls left in the innings.