Skegness cricketers slump to six wicket defeat against Lindum

Skegness 141

Lindum 142 for 4

Lindum (20 points) beat Skegness (two points) by six wickets

LINCOLN-based Lindum took full advantage of winning the toss to condemn Skegness to their second defeat of the season.

After putting their opponents into bat, the early overcast conditions were perfect for Aussie import Matt Bursa and seamer Ollie Guilliatt and they reduced the seasiders to 10 for three and then 36 for five.

The home side managed to stem the flow of wickets later in their innings, including a 46-run eighth wicket partnership between Lloyd Christian and Michael Jackson, but they were all out for 141 in the 38th over.

Skegness used seven bowlers as they tried to put the visitors under pressure.

Michael Jackson claimed the scalp of Will Wright in the first over but, despite a gallant nine-over spell from Wade McCall, Lindum passed the Skegness total at the end of the 31st

over.

Guilliatt put the skids under the Skegness innings in the first over of the day. After bowling a wide and a no ball, he had Norman Brackley caught behind for a duck.

Bursa followed suit with a wicket from the last ball of his first two overs, knocking down the stumps of Jamie Epton and Pete Houghton.

The home side had only just reached double figures with three wickets down and it looked like being an early finish.

Paul Butler and Wade McCall put on 20 before McCall was caught behind off Guilliatt. Butler soon followed him back to the pavilion after Bursa got through his defences.

Skipper Tony Santini faced just eight balls before being caught by Harry Dunn off his own bowling.

And when Carl Wilson was bowled by spinner Jake Benson with his first ball of the day, Skegness were struggling on 70 for seven in the 22nd over.

Christian and Jackson steadied the ship with 46 from their ten-over partnership, but when Christian became Benson’s second victim Jackson soon ran out of partners.

Jackson gave the seasiders some hope when he took a wicket in the first over, but it wasn’t until McCall was introduced that Skegness looked like gaining any bowling points.

He had Luke Robinson caught behind and then clattered the off stump of Richard Bishop, but it proved too little too late for the seasiders.

On Saturday Skegness travel to Nettleham, who suffered a 138-run defeat at champions Bourne last weekend.