Louth Taverners heap pressure on Alford in East Lindsey League title race


Louth Taverners kept the pressure on East Lindsey League leaders Alford as they claimed victory in their penultimate Division One match of the season.

The Taverners took on Graves Park, and after losing the toss made a poor start as when opener Allis was removed by a fantastic full, swinging delivery by Joe Gilbert.

Tom Ryder and Rory Osmond led a strong recovery, and after the initial period of swing receded, neither appeared troubled as they pushed the ball around with relative ease.

Louth had reached 79 after 16 overs when Ryder was dismissed for a new high score of 36 having showcased his batting potential.

This brought in Abdul Moeed who played himself in before exploding into life soon after. He launched a huge six over deep midwicket and set about the Graves Park attack, while Osmond remained content to knock the ball around and punish the bad ball.

Osmond passed 100 almost at the same time Moeed passed 50 but the partnership couldn’t last forever, and following a late flurry, Moeed was bowled for a magnificent 67.

Amila came in and hit 40 off about 20 deliveries before being caught in the deep off the last ball of the innings to push the Louth total on to 303-4, with Osmond unbeaten on 134.

After the interval, Graves Park started strongly as openers Chris King and Mitch Griffiths dispatched the bowling all around the ground with great ease.

King dispatched three fours and four sixes in his 44, most of them straight down the ground, and after 15 overs, Graves Park looked well placed at 109-0 to post a serious challenge.

But when King skied Moeed (8-2-17-2), the first wicket had fallen at 113, and a fatal collapse began.

Moeed and Tom Ryder (8-2-17-2) reduced Graves Park to 135-5, to dash their victory hopes.

The result was now a formality, leaving Louth to concentrate on bowling out Graves Park for the maximum 20 points.

Graves Park hung on to finish on 256-9, but the Taverners claimed 19 points from a 47-run victory.

Louth are ready to pounce on any possible mistakes as they host Tetford on Sunday in their final match, while Alford travel to Graves Park.