Pienaar proves too strong for Skegness CC

Pradeep Chanditha sends down a delivery.
Pradeep Chanditha sends down a delivery.

A four-wicket haul from overseas player Ray Jordan and 49 runs for number three batsman Jamie Epton were the highlights for Skegness CC they were put to the sword by Sleaford’s star man Obus Pienaar.

Although they prevented the home side gaining an outright win, the seasiders had to settle for just six points as South African Pienaar turned on the style at London Road.

After a 99-run partnership with Matt Mountain for the second wicket, Pienaar raced to a score of 137 from 140 balls during a third-wicket stand of 113 with Jack Wilson.

He produced some quality shots, including 18 fours, to put the home side in the driving seat.

Not even the pace of Jordan could throw him out of his stride, although he afforded the West Indian paceman much respect by donning his helmet when facing him.

Jordan had struck early for the visitors, who won the toss and chose to bat.

He yorked Oliver Burford with a peach of a delivery, but Mountain was joined by Pienaar and between them they frustrated the seasiders.

Left-hander Mountain was caught by Cole Nelson while attempting to complete a century partnership, mis-pulling Jordan to mid-on.

This brought Wilson to the middle but when Jordan shattered his stumps early in his innings the Skegness joy was immediately extinguished by an umpire’s no-ball call.

Pienaar continued to dominate the ball and went on to make 137 before being caught by Richie Hewitt off the bowling of Pradeep Chanditha.

Wilson followed shortly afterwards, caught behind off Jordan’s bowling, but Sleaford went on to claim maximum batting points.

In reply Skegness lost both openers Chanditha and Alistair Ainsworth with the score on 39, but two half century partnerships involving Jamie Epton (with skipper Sean Chamberlain and Norman Brackley) gave the visitors hope.

However, following Epton’s demise the seasiders backs were against the wall, despite a quickfire 18 from 14 balls for Jordan, and they had to hang on to secure one point from the losing draw.

Pick of the Sleaford bowlers was Nick Goacher.

He finished with figures of six for 50 off 15 overs.

Skegness bowling: R. Jordan 16-1- 84-4; M. Chamberlain 9-2- 35-0; P. Chanditha 11-0- 67-1; N. Brackley 14-1- 64-0. Skegness batting: A. Ainsworth ct Mountain b Goacher 8, P. Chanditha b Morris 23, J. Epton lbw b Harbron 49, D. Labuschagne st Burford b Goacher 5, S. Chamberlain lbw b Smith 27, N. Brackley ct Morris b Goacher 14, R. Jordan ct Burford b Goacher 18, T. Cuthbert lbw b Goacher 1, R. Hewitt not out 6, M. Chamberlain ct Smith b Goacher 2, C. Nelson not out 0; Extras 33.

On Saturday Skegness host Grimsby Town at Richmond Drive.