Lindum 133 all out, Skegness 134 for six
Skegness launched their 2013 campaign with a comfortable victory over Lincoln side Lindum.
Australian teenager Sean Williams bagged five wickets as the seasiders restricted the visitors to 133.
Then a fourth wicket partnership of 62 between new skipper Richie Hewitt and veteran Paul Butler set up the opening day victory at a sunny Richmond Drive.
The first half-a-dozen overs passed without incident, but Pierce Morley-Barnes’s innings was brought to a close by the new overseas talent Williams, who recovered from opening with a no ball and wide to make the 7th over breakthrough.
The ball kept low after snicking his bat, but wicket keeper Sean Chamberlain was alert to the chance and Morley-Barnes was on his way back to the pavilion.
His opening partner William Wright had yet to get off the mark. And his innings was nipped in the bud with the enforced change of Williams from the scoreboard end.
At the age of 19 he’s not allowed to bowl for more than seven overs at a time and so Saeed Bariwala was brought on, making an immediate impact.
Indeed with only his third ball he removed Wright lbw and then struck again in his third over to send Karanjit Bansal packing, although the batsman obviously felt he had hit the ball before being given out leg before.
Lindum recovered from 41 for three with a half century partnership between Richard Bishop and Geoff Middleton before Williams returned to bowl Bishop.
Middleton’s departure, courtesy of a Hewitt catch off fellow Aussie Dan Milgate, brought Lincoln skipper Jonathan Miller to the crease, but he ran out of partners when Williams returned for his third spell of the afternoon to clean up the tail and complete his deserved five-for.
In reply openers Bariwala and Ricky Lovelace made a solid start, but Lovelace was caught behind off Tom Lindsay with the score on 42.
Pete Houghton failed to repeat the previous week’s half century when he perished to the third ball he faced.
And when Bariwala departed with the score on 50 for 3 there were two batsman at the crease, Hewitt and Butler, who had yet to score.
Butler rode his luck, dropped in the slips before he had got off the mark, and then giving a second difficult chance to the slip fielders at the other end.
But he and Hewitt set about steadying the ship in the knowledge that they didn’t need to bat aggressively with so many overs to play with.
The pair took Skegness to within 22 runs of their target, which was knocked off easily by Jamie Epton and Sean Chamberlain with 13 overs to spare.
On Saturday Skegness travel to Lincoln side Hartsholme in the league for a 12 noon start.
Richmond Drive hosts two matches this weekend. On Saturday Skegness 2nds entertain Moulton Harrox (1pm start), while on Sunday Sutton are the visitors for a 2pm start in the East Lindsey League.
Lindum - W Wright, lbw b Bariwala, 5; P Morley-Barnes, c Chamberlain b Williams, 13; R Bishop, b Williams, 37; K Bansal, lbw b Bariwala, 4; G Middleton, c Hewitt b Milgate, 36; S Sarkar, c Hosking b Milgate, 5; J Miller, not out, 20; T Lindsay, c Chamberlain b Williams, 2; S Turner, c Houghton b Williams 1; O Guilliatt, c Butler b Williams, 0; J Peatman, run out (Epton), 0; Extras 10; Total - 133 all out.
Bowling - S Williams 13-1-39-5; J Epton 5-0-14-0; D Milgate 17-2-51-2; S Bariwala 13.1-5-27-2.
Skegness - S Bariwala, c Middleton b Bansal, 17; R Lovelace, c Bishop b Lindsay, 27; P Houghton, c Guilliatt b Bansal, 0; R Hewitt, b Guilliatt, 15; P Butler, c Middleton b Guilliatt, 36; D Milgate, b Miller, 1; J Epton, not out 7; S Chamberlain, not out, 5. Did not bat - J Hosking, S Williams and S Rowson; Extras 26; Total - 134 for six.
Bowling - S Turner 3-0-16-0; T Lindsay 7-0-33-1; K Bansal 11-2-33-2; J Peatman 4-1-11-0; J Miller 7-1-19-1; O Guilliatt 5-1-14-2.