Skegness cricketers hit league’s only century of the day on way to draw

Skegness 346 for 5, Nettleham 238 for 5 - Skegness (16 points) drew with Nettleham (8 points)

PETE Houghton took full advantage of a batsman-friendly track at Nettleham to score the league’s only century of the day.

Opening with Norman Brackley, Houghton batted superbly for his 147 to help the seasiders to a winning draw at Mulsanne Park.

He was eventually bowled on the first ball of the 44th over after striking 23 fours and three sixes from the 133 balls he faced.

There was also an unbeaten half century for Carl Wilson, whose third wicket partnership with Houghton was worth 136 runs.

New boy Brackley missed out on his first Lincolnshire ECB 50 by just four runs and Paul Butler kept the scorers busy with an innings of almost a run a ball.

Houghton and Brackley put on 93 for the first wicket, using a third of the overs, before the Zimbabwe-born Brackley was caught by David Manby off the bowling of Hutchinson.

Butler helped himself to 41 before he lost his stumps to Dalton and then Wilson and Houghton took the score to nigh on 300 when Houghton became Dalton’s second victim, three runs short of his 150.

Lochlan Christian smacked a quick fire 16 off 12 balls and then Wade McCall hit two sixes and two singles in the four balls he faced before Hutchinson bowled him with the fifth.

So, the scene was set for the seasiders’ first win of the season.

Nettleham had been struggling with the bat this summer and they needed seven an over to challenge the visitors.

Sadly for Skegness their bowling was not strong enough to dislodge the home batsmen and they could only muster two further bonus points on a very flat track.

Overseas player Dan Wright fell just eight runs short of his century and Manby hit an unbeaten 67.

Spinner Mark Chamberlain picked up the wicket of former Skegness Town footballer Ben Pearce.

Visiting skipper Tony Santini registered two wickets and bowled three maidens in his nine-over spell.

Skegness’s batting had already netted them five bonus points, in addition to the nine points for a winning draw, but the seasiders will be looking for a little extra from their bowlers when they travel to champions Bourne on Saturday.

Last season’s top wicket taker Fahad Masood is unlikely to be as accommodating as the Nettleham bowlers at the Abbey Lawn. Indeed he picked up five wickets last weekend in his side’s win over Louth.

Skegness

N Brackley c Manby b Hutchinson 46

P Houghton b Dalton 147

P Butler b Dalton 41

C Wilson not out 55

L Christian c Manby b Hutchinson 16

W McCall b Hutchinson 14

A Santini not out 1

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Total (for five) 346

Did not bat: J Epton, M Jackson, M Chamberlain, S Kirkham.

Bowling: J Stevens 12-1-78-0, J Bayliss 6-1-42-0, T Dalton 17-0-100-2, D Hutchinson 13-0-97-3, J Curtis 2-0-22-0.

Nettleham

P Brown b Kirkham 4

D Wright b Santini 92

T Dalton lbw Christian 18

B Pearce b M Chamberlain 6

D Manby not out 67

C Cosgrove c McCall b Santini 18

J Curtis not out 19

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Total (for five) 238

Did not bat: D Hutchinson, R Binnington, J Stevens, J Bayliss.

Bowling: S Kirkham 8-1-31-1, W McCall 10-0-43-0, M Jackson 4-0-19-0, L Christian 8-1-51-1, M Chamberlain 5-0-24-1, A Santini 9-3-35-2, N Brackley 4-0-23-0, J Epton 2-0-7-0.