South African all-rounder Brendan Young posted a half century on his return to Richmond Drive to help Skegness to a losing draw against ECB new boys Grantham.
His fifth-wicket partnership of 61 with Wymanga Perera rescued the Skegness innings after they had slumped to 21-4 in reply to Grantham’s 180 for nine, writes Nigel West.
Young had earlier claimed two wickets for the home side, including that of opener Stewart Mudie in the first over of the day as the seasiders started brightly.
Indeed the visitors were reeling on 46 for four after 12 overs with danger man Kanjit Bansal and the experienced Mark Fell both back in the pavilion.
Less than midway through the innings Grantham were six down with 86 on the board, but a 40 from their number eight Brumby helped them to a mediocre 180 from their 50 overs. Umar Farooq was the pick of the Skegness bowlers. He finished with figures of four for 31 from his 12 overs.
Skegness opened their innings with Norman Brackley and Aussie Chris Graser. After a slow start they lost Brackley to Peck quickly followed by Graser, who fell to the experienced Oakes.
Pete Houghton faced just six balls before he was caught by Brumby off Oakes and when Jamie Epton was bowled by Fell in his first over the seasiders were 21 for four after 15.
The Perera/Young partnership steadied the ship, but Perera perished, caught on the boundary by Mudie, while trying to step up the pace.
Skipper Sean Chamberlain joined Young in the middle, but he was unfortunate to be run out by spin bowler Neil Stevenson when his partner smacked the ball back towards his stumps.
The bowler was smart enough to get a touch on the ball before the bails were disturbed and Chamberlain was out of his ground.
Having reached his 50, Young became Peck’s second victim and so attention turned towards finishing the match with at least one wicket intact to claim three points.
Farooq added a useful 15, but it was left to final pair Mark Chamberlain and Tom Cuthbert to see the home side over the line.
Chamberlain faced 36 balls for his four runs, but more importantly protected his wicket so Skegness could finish the day with a total of eight points in the bag.
On Saturday Skegness are at home again when Market Deeping are the visitors to Richmond Drive, starting at 12 noon.
Grantham - Bowling: B Young 11-1-29-2; T Cuthbert 10-1-50-1; U Farooq 12-3-31-4; P Chanditha 5-1-29-0; N Brackley 12-1-41-1.
Skegness - Bowling: J Peck 17-3-35-3; S Oakes 13-2-29-2; M Fell 9-1-25-2; K Bansal 1-0-9-0; N Stevenson 8-1-29-1; J Brumby 2-0-12-0.
Grantham 180 for 9
Skegness 141 for 9
Winning draw for Grantham (14pts) v