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Skegness 417 for 5
Market Deeping 297 for 4
SKEGNESS shrugged off the previous week’s low-scoring debacle by securing a record-breaking winning draw at sunny Market Deeping.
There were centuries for Paul Butler and Wade McCall, as well as an unbeaten half century for skipper Tony Santini as Skegness racked up 417.
Bizarrely, the seasiders’ performance was not enough to stop them slipping another place in the league table, after the home side responded with 297 for four.
The Deeping track is notorious for producing high scores, but no-one would have predicted that 700 runs would be scored off the 100 overs, for the loss of just nine wickets.
Indeed it was the highest ever aggregate total recorded in the league.
Openers Norman Brackley and Pete Houghton put on 35 for the first wicket before Houghton departed lbw to Lee Peacock.
Skegness number three Butler lost partners Brackley (21), and Carl Wilson (3), in quick succession, which brought Wade McCall to the crease.
He wasted no time getting in and smacked his third ball for four. He reached his 50 in 40 balls, and his 100 in 68 balls, including 16 fours and three sixes.
Although not so rapid, Butler moved to his 50 in 55 balls and when he was bowled by Karl Green in the 44th over he had amassed 119 from 113 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes.
His achievement was all the more impressive as 70 of his runs were scored with a hamstring injury, requiring the help of teammate Wilson as a runner.
The Butler/McCall partnership was worth 226 runs, but with both men back in the pavilion there was no let up for the home side.
Lochlan Christian and skipper Santini picked up the baton and boundaries continued to flow. In fact, 93 more runs were added during the last seven overs, with Santini reaching his 50 in just 29 balls.
His unbeaten 57 included five sixes.
With five batting points already in the bag, Skegness set about the home batsmen, but they were soon stopped in their tracks.
Openers Chris Jones and John McDougall soon had Santini turning to plan B as they rattled up 55 off the first six overs.
McDougall went on to make 109 in an opening stand of 199, before being caught by Sean Chamberlain off Brackley in the 37th over.
Peacock hit a six before being bowled by Santini, but Dave Gillett and Ali Sharp partnered Jones to his century without too much trouble.
Because Deeping failed to reach three quarters of the visitors’ score, it was a 9-1 winning draw to the seasiders, but the five bonus batting points and two bonus fielding points were enough to lift the home side into second place, while Skegness dropped into the bottom three of the table.
The seasiders are at home on Saturday, when Hartsholme are the visitors to Richmond Drive to start the second half of the season, with a 12.30pm start.
N Brackley c McDougall b Peacock 21
P Houghton lbw Peacock 18
P Butler b Green 119
C Wilson c Sharp b Anderson 3
W McCall b Peacock 100
L Christian not out 38
A Santini not out 57
Total (for five) 417
Bowling: A Sharp 10-0-79-0, L Peacock 11-1-81-3, T Anderson 9-0-82-1, K Green 9-0-76-1, M Rose 6-0-38-0, R Witt 5-0-41-0.
J McDougall c Chamberlain b Brackley 109
C Jones not out 104
L Peacock b Santini 6
D Gillett c Wilson b Kirkham 25
A Sharp c Chamberlain b Jackson 29
J Bowers not out 1
Total (for four) 297
Bowling: L Christian 3-0-24-0, S Kirkham 8-0-71-1, W McCall 14-0-60-0, S Chamberlain 9-0-44-0, A Santini 8-0-54-1, N Brackley 4-0-13-1, J Epton 2-0-15-0, M Jackson 2-0-6-1.