Hopes new blood will help strengthen Seasiders cricketers

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Skegness 166-9, Market Deeping 167-2 – Market Deeping won by eight wickets

With only seven points on the board after two games, Skegness will be grateful that help from overseas is coming.

The club suffered a blow when South African Dylan Stanley picked up an injury days before he was due to sign for the Seasiders.

But the committee has reacted swiftly to fill the void. They have signed Abt Lakashitha, a Sri Lankan all-rounder. Both he and 17-year-old Scott Tallott are due to arrive on Friday.

The injection of new blood will be a welcome boost to a side who lost heavily for the second consecutive week.

Despite a third-wicket partnership of 60 between the evergreen Paul Butler and captain Norman Brackley, the Seasiders, sporting a long tail, collapsed from 130-4 to 166-9 from their 40 overs in a rain-affected match.

In reply, a century from Jamie Morgan saw the visitors home with 17 overs to spare.

Jamie Epton returned to the side in the absence of Pete Houghton, and opened with Brackley.

Epton and Ben Powell both fell cheaply before the Brackley and Butler partnership added some stability to the innings.

Following Butler’s departure the seasiders offered little by way of resistance and Deeping sealed the victory to lift them to fourth in the table. Skegness are second to bottom.

Skegness batting: N. Bradley, lbw, bAdatia, 61; J. Epton, ct Sargeant, b Sharp, 8; B. Powell, lbw, b Sharp, 5; P. Butler, lbw, b Peacock, 42; S. Chamberlain, ct Morgan, b Peacock, 9; U Farooq, ct Rose, b Adatia, 4; T. Cuthbert, lbw, b Adatia, 10; M. Chamberlain, ct Andrews, b Peacock, 6; R. Brant, not out, 10; L. Taylor, ct Sharp, b Adatia, 0; S. Richardson, not out, 0; extras 11.

Bowling: T Andrews 12.4-3-46-0; A Sharp 7-1-38-2; M Rose 4.2-0-22-0; M Adatia10-0-39-4; L Peacock 6-0-17-3.

Market Deeping batting: C. Jones, lbw, b Powell, 8; J. Morgan, ct Taylor, b Chamberlain, 121; A. Wheatley, not out, 31; D. Gillett, not out, 0; extras 7.

Bowling: T Cuthbert 7.5-0-40-0; B Powell 7-1-44-1; N Brackley 4-0-40-0; U Farooq 2-0-20-0; S Chamberlain 3-0-22-1.

On Saturday Skegness travel to Lincoln-based Lindum, who have also lost their first two fixtures of the season (12 noon start).