Lincs County League: Louth boost title hopes with Harstholme win

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Louth Second XI claimed a vital Lincolnshire County League win over Hartsholme on Saturday as they went top of Division One.

Hartsholme won the toss and chose to make first use of a good-looking batting track. The opening pair made a steady start against some quick bowling from Reggie Koen (10-1-45-0) and Stewart West (10-1-29-1).

West claimed the first wicket with the score on 38 thanks to a sharp catch by Dean Jacklin. The next pair put on 50 for the second wicket before Phil Burrell (15-2-52-2) picked up two wickets.

He was well supported by Phil Nicholson (10-0-31-2) as Hartsholme posted 162-5 from their 45 overs.

After tea, opening pair Steve Wright and Richard Bell set about the task in a solid and accomplished manner.

The pair compiled 101 for the first wicket before Wright was caught behind for 47.

Stewart West joined Bell and was there when the 14-year-old reached his half-century, eventually perishing for a well-constructed 51.

Dean Jacklin (10) was caught and bowled as he went in search of quick runs before the rain came.

Reggie Koen was in no mood to hang around and smacked an unbeaten 21 in only five deliveries to see Louth to seven-wicket win and 15 precious points.

West remained unbeaten on 25 at the other end.

The second XI now have a two-week break.

Thanks to matchball sponsor Roger Gott.