Cricket: Lindum 231 for 7; Skegness 194 all out

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It was the same old story for Skegness on Saturday.

A middle order collapse saw them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at sun-drenched St Giles Avenue.

Openers Saeed Bariwala and Ricky Lovelace gave them a solid start in response to Lindum’s equally solid total of 231.

Number three Pete Houghton’s run-a-ball cameo and Norman Brackley’s 33 kept them on course, but the spin attack of Karanjit Bansal and Jonathan Miller ripped through the heart of the seasiders’ innings and left them 37 runs short.

Having lost the toss, Skegness faced a strength sapping afternoon in the field in the highest temperatures of the summer so far. There was none of that bracing sea air to cool them down here and the in-form Lindum opener William Wright was looking strong from the off.

He put on 47 with Charles Tomlinson for the first wicket before they were separated by a disastrous run out mix-up.

A quickfire 28 from Alex Hornsby kept the scoreboard ticking along before he was bowled by Dan Milgate.

Some sharp work behind the stumps by Sean Chamberlain removed Karanjit Bansal without scoring and when the Milgate/Chamberlain combination dismissed Wright one short of his half century the game was in the balance.

But the depth to Lindum’s batting came to the fore and helped to post a reasonable total, while securing the maximum five batting points.

Umar Farooq finally got among the wickets, finishing with figures of 3-41 off his 12 overs.

Skegness needed a good start in reply and that’s exactly what they got. Bariwala and Lovelace hit 12 boundaries between them as they built up a first wicket partnership of 94.

But Lovelace was caught by Bansal off the bowling of home skipper Jonathan Miller and immediately afterwards Bariwala followed him to the pavilion after being bowled by Stuart Turner.

Houghton and Brackley restarted the innings, but Houghton fell on 25, which exposed the fragility of the middle order.

Only Chamberlain and Jamie Epton reached double figures as the visitors crumbled to 194 all out.

Skegness will hope to get back to winning ways on Saturday when bottom club Hartsholme visit Richmond Drive for a 12.30pm start. Although in a lowly position in the league table, Hartsholme have picked up two useful wins in recent weeks, beating champions Haxey quite comfortably on Saturday on the back of their shock victory over Bracebridge Heath.

Heath were on the receiving end again at the weekend when they lost to runaway leaders Woodhall Spa.

Lindum - W. Wright, c Chamberlain, b Milgate, 49; C. Tomlinson, run out (Hoskin), 25; A Hornsby, b Milgate, 28; K. Bansal, st Chamberlain, b Milgate, 0; L Robinson, c Brackley, b Farooq, 27; J. Miller, b Farooq, 27; T. Lindsay, b Farooq, 29; R. Bishop, not out, 22; Saikat Sarkar, not out, 14; S. Turner and O Rabbani did not bat. Extras, 10; Total - 231 for seven.

Bowling - S. Williams 8-0-56-0, U. Farooq 12-0-41-3; S Bariwala 13-2-56-0; D. Milgate 17-4-75-3.

Skegness - S. Bariwala, b Turner 53; R. Lovelace, c Bansal, b Miller 38; P Houghton, b Bansal 25; N. Brackley, c Tomlinson b Bansal, 33; Butler, lbw b Miller, 1; D. Milgate, c Bishop b Miller, 0; J. Hoskin, c and b Bansal, 6; J. Epton, c Bishop b Bansal, 14; S. Chamberlain, c Hornsby b Bansal, 11; S. Williams, c Lindsay, b Robinson, 8; U. Farooq, not out, 0; Extras 5; Total - 194 all out.

Bowling -Bansal 17-0-68-5; Lindsay 3-0-20-0; L. Robinson 3.2-0-11-1; Miller 16-3-64-3; Turner 5-0-30-1.