Skegness in real trouble after throwing away draw

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Sleaford 274 for 3

Skegness 210 all out

SKEGNESS came within a whisker of securing a losing draw on Saturday only to throw it all away at the death.

The side had been set to secure three points from the draw but some rash shots handed the initiative back to Sleaford.

The seasiders are now 11 points adrift of safety with two games to play.

Sleaford batted first. Tom Shorthouse was dropped while still in the 30s and went on to make 101.

He partnered Phil Sneath to 88 for the first wicket. A third wicket stand of 108 with Prabodha Senevirathne (102 not out) did real damage.

Skegness skipper Wade McCall bowled 13 overs from a short run. His first 12 overs went for 32 runs, but the visitors plundered 15 more from the unlucky 13th.

He had Sneath caught by Sean Chamberlain in the 22nd over, and trapped Brewster lbw six overs later. But that brought Senevirathne to the crease.

Steve Kirkham was the only other wicket taker, bowling Shorthouse with four overs remaining.

In response, Norman Brackley was an early departure, caught behind on eight runs.

Paul Butler and Pete Houghton didn’t last much longer, and when Carl Wilson was dismissed for just two runs Skegness were reeling on 50 for 4.

A partnership of 89 between skipper McCall and Jamie Epton helped the seasiders recover, but 16 overs still remained when McCall was bowled by Shorthouse for 64.

Epton batted well for 33 but fell to a run out.

Sean Chamberlain and Lochlan Christian edged Skegness towards 200 with a stand of 45 before Steve Bradford turned the game back towards the visitors, snaring Christian lbw.

In the 47th over, Sean Chamberlain was caught on the boundary. In the same over, Michael Jackson followed with a loose shot.

This left the final pair of Mark Chamberlain and Steve Kirkham to survive 13 balls.

Kirkham set the seasiders up for the three point draw with two superb boundaries.

They took a single from the penultimate ball of Bradford’s last over, but the bowler then broke Skegness hearts when he trapped Chamberlain leg before.

Skegness go to Louth on Saturday.