Skeg drop into bottom three

Sean Chamberlain scored an unbeaten 24 for Skegness but ran out of partners as his team were bowled out for 117.
Sean Chamberlain scored an unbeaten 24 for Skegness but ran out of partners as his team were bowled out for 117.

ECB Lincolnshire Premier League

Bracebridge Heath 209-6, Skegness 117 - Bracebridge Heath won by 92 runs.

Norman Brackley scored 16 runs after taking four wickets for Skegness against Bracebridge Heath.

Norman Brackley scored 16 runs after taking four wickets for Skegness against Bracebridge Heath.

Skegness dropped into the bottom three in the league following another heavy defeat at Richmond Drive.

The day belonged to visiting skipper Paul Cook, who started brightly by winning the toss and then, after electing to bat, showed how it should be done.

Opening the batting he looked likely to reach his ton only to be run out in the 49th over.

It was a patient, thoughtful knock with only six boundaries, but it was enough to set up revenge for the defeat inflicted by the seasiders at Cross O’Cliffe Court earlier in the season.

Skegness must have been cock-o-hoop, having removed Steve Scott with Umar Farooq’s first ball with the score on two.

Cook then put on 70 with Brett Houston before Norman Brackley picked up his first wicket, catching Houston off his own bowling.

Kit Spence’s wicket with the score on 121 for 3 was quickly followed by Atri’s for a duck.

Carl Stubbs then helped Cook edge closer to a century, but the Heath captain fell 12 short when he was run out by Cuthbert.

Norman Brackley was the pick of the Skegness bowlers with four wickets.

There was a familiar look to the Skegness response.

Openers Pradeep Chanditha and Chris Graser were both back in the pavilion with the score on 5-2.

Jamie Epton followed shortly afterwards and when Pete Houghton departed with the score on 20-4, the chances of a Skegness win were looking slim.

Brendan Young and Norman Brackley put on 42 between them, but both fell in quick succession while the score was on 62.

Skegness skipper Sean Chamberlain needed the home tail to wag, but he ran out of partners in the 39th over as Himesh Silva cleaned things up.

On Saturday will Skegness hope to bounce back when they travel to mid-table Lindum from Lincoln for a noon start.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 15-0-48-0; U. Farooq 7-0-28-1; T. Cuthbert 7-0-27-0; N. Brackley 17-2-68-4; M. Chamberlain 2-0-16-0; P. Chanditha 2-0-11-0.

Skegness batting: P. Chanditha lbw b Houston 1, C. Graser lbw b Silva 4, J. Epton ct Bentley b Houston 2, P. Houghton ct Cook b Houston 9, N. Brackley ct McDowell b Bradley 16, B. Young ct Cook b Houston 23, S. Chamberlain not out 24 T. Cuthbert run out (Houston) 8, U. Farooq ct Cook b Silva 10, M. Camberlain b Silva 5, L. Taylor b Silva 0; Extras 15.