Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Sleaford 300 for 5
Skegness 176 for 6
SURVIVAL was the aim as depleted Skegness took a battering at lowly Sleaford.
With Sean Chamberlain not available, Norman Brackley ill and Wade McCall injured, the seasiders were always going to be up against it.
All rounder Paul Butler has been easing himself back into the action after a shoulder injury and to add to Skegness’s injury woes, opening bat Pete Houghton cut his knee when sliding to save a boundary.
Some would argue that six points from a losing draw was perhaps a moral victory for the visitors with all things considered.
Having been put in to bat, Sleaford got off to a flying start with Thomas Shorthouse and Phil Sneath scoring freely.
Indeed, it was not until the 35th over that Skegness made a breakthrough. Shorthouse hit Skegness skipper Tony Santini back over his head and took on the throw of Lochlan Christian, and the Aussie pounced to shatter the stumps with a direct hit.
There was more joy for Santini in the same over; this time Sneath, just four runs short of his century, skied the ball above the Skegness captain’s head, and Santini kept his cool to deny Sneath his ton.
So, there were two new batsmen at the crease, but with plenty of wickets in hand, they were soon back up to speed.
Matthew Mountain needed the help of a runner early in his innings after pulling a hamstring and he didn’t hang around much longer, but at the other end, Luke Hollingworth picked up the baton, going on to make an unbeaten 74.
For Skegness, Santini took three wickets and Steve Kirkham one as the seasiders clinched two bowling points.
In reply, Skegness were never really up with the rate and, despite a superb knock of 59 from Carl Wilson, found runs hard to come by.
However, they did manage to clinch their third batting point late in the innings.
Because they prevented Sleaford bowling them out they secured a further point from the draw.
Skegness will host mid-table rivals Louth at Richmond Drive on Saturday, starting at 12.30pm.
T Shorthouse run out Christian 68
P Sneath c and b Santini 96
L Hollingworth not out 74
M Mountain lbw Santini 14
A Sears c M Chamberlain b Kirkham 14
W Brewster c Butler b Santini 13
O Burford not out 5
Total (for five) 300
Did not bat: S Bradford, N Goacher, S Burrows, B Burrows.
Bowling: L Christian 6-0-36-0, S Kirkham 17-1-97-1, P Butler 6-0-28-0, A Santini 15-1-94-3, J Epton 3-0-21-0, M Jackson 3-0-19-0.
P Houghton c Burford b Burrows 17
J Epton b Goacher 26
P Butler lbw Sears 7
C Wilson b Bradford 59
L Christian c Mountain b Goacher 14
A Santini c S Burrows b Hollingworth 0
M Jackson not out 24
W McCall not out 4
Total (for six) 176
Did not bat: M Chamberlain, M Santini, S Kirkham.
Bowling: A Sears 12-0-41-1, S Burrows 7-2-14-1, N Goacher 11-0-44-2, S Bradford 12-4-36-1, L Hollingworth 4-0-23-1, W Brewster 3-0-13-0, B Burrows 1-1-0-0.