Skegness drop to bottom three

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Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

Bourne 221-9, Skegness 136 - Bourne won by 85 runs.

Skegness dropped into the Lincs ECB Premier’s bottom three after being beaten by reigning champions Bourne at Richmond Drive.

The seasiders had worked themselves into a strong position after restricting Bourne to 221-9 from their 50 overs.

But after a first-wicket stand of 43 between Pete Houghton and Pradeep Chanditha, Skegness collapsed to 66-7.

Despite a spirited half century from Tom Cuthbert, his first for the club, the seasiders were dismissed in the 36th over, 85 runs short.

The Skegness number seven frustrated the champions with solid technique and having been so close previously, reached his 50 - from 63 balls - to the loudest cheer of the day.

Houghton and Chanditha began the Skegness innings in confident style until an inexplicably poor shot from the latter gifted Colin Cheer the first of his four wickets.

Moments later Martin Shillito had Houghton caught behind by former Skegness wicket keeper Carl Wilson.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the home side had not added to the total before Brendan Young edged another Shillito delivery into Wilson’s gloves.

Things went from bad to worse with the departure of Jamie Epton for a duck.

Norman Brackley departed lbw after careful thought from the umpire and Sean Chamberlain was caught by Dixon off the bowling of Cheer shortly afterwards.

Wymanga Perera appeared restricted in his movement and didn’t last long, but the visitors were frustrated by the partnership of Cuthbert and Andy Sylvester.

They put on 49 before Sylvester presented Cheer with an easy catch.

Mark Chamberlain followed soon afterwards before Cuthbert smacked his next opportunity back over the bowler’s head for four to reach his deserved milestone.

With the next ball he presented Louth with another easy catch, completing a miserable afternoon for the seasiders.

Earlier former Skegness player Wilson and Archie Stroud put on 40 for the first Bourne wicket and then Wilson and the hard-hitting Conrad Louth added 41.

Skegness worked hard in the field to prevent the visitors running away with the match and following the departure of Louth for 59, they pulled things back again.

Two stumpings for Chamberlain in the last two balls from Brackley sealed another bowling point and saw the sides level pegging going into the tea interval.

Indeed, after the opening pair’s bright start Skegness were looking strong, but Shillito and Cheer blunted their cautious optimism with their consistent bowling.

The defeat saw Skegness drop to 10th place, two points off the relegation zone.

On Saturday they travel to sixth-placed Louth for a noon start.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 15-1-55-1; P. Chanditha 6-0-38-1; T. Cuthbert 7-1-27-1; N. Brackley 13-1-51-3; M. Chamberlain 9-0-39-3.

Skegness batting: P. Houghton ct Wilson b Shillito 32; P. Chanditha b Cheer 7; J. Epton ct Louth b Cheer 0; B. Young ct Wilson b Shillito 0; N. Brackley lbw b Shillito 10; S. Chamberlain ct Dixon b Cheer 6; T. Cuthbert ct Louth b Xipu 50; W. Perera ct B Stroud b Cheer 0; A. Sylvester ct Cheer b B Stroud 8; M. Chamberlain ct A Stroud b Xipu 3; L. Taylor not out 0; Extras 20. Total (all out) 136.