Skegness remain top after win over high-flying Haxey

Skegness 165 all out, Haxey 130 all out

Skegness (17pts) beat Haxey (6pts) by 35 runs

SKEGNESS remain top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League table after an all-round team performance saw them overcome fellow high-flyers Haxey.

Another half century for all-rounder Oliver Pringle, a knock of 45 from overseas player Adrian Gordon, and an eight-wicket haul from skipper Saeed Bariwala were key contributions.

But upbeat captain Saeed Bariwala was clear that this victory was down to the efforts of the whole team.

“Although I took eight wickets, this was a real team effort,” he said. “Credit must go to the lower order batsmen for the runs they made.

“At one point we were struggling to reach 125, but their efforts gave us something to bowl at.”

Indeed, after the skipper and his opening partner Pete Houghton failed with the bat, the home side were in big trouble on two for two after just two overs. The in-form Paul Bell and Perera made the early breakthrough with a wicket apiece.

Jamie Epton hung around, facing 33 balls for his one run before becoming Bell’s second victim, and gave invaluable support to Pringle as he sought to repair the damage.

Sean Chamberlain is fast becoming the Mister Reliable of the middle order and his partnership of 54 with Pringle proved to be a telling contribution.

His demise brought Gordon to the crease and with support from the lower order, most notably a run-a-ball 15 from Steve Kirkham, he almost doubled the home side’s total before the innings was wrapped up in the 48th over.

It was an identical score to that set by Lindum the previous week, but whereas Skegness had recovered from a poor start to see them over the line, Haxey started well, but crumbled under the mounting pressure.

Bariwala’s bowling finished them off, but the turning point of the Haxey innings was a superb piece of fielding by Houghton. He pounced to dismiss the dangerous Nick Bisby with a direct hit when the visitors were sitting pretty on 103 for three, with more than 20 overs remaining.

The wicket was the start of the end for Haxey, who lost their remaining six batsmen to a rampant Bariwala for just 27 runs.

Skegness had suffered from bad luck and some missed chances at the start of the Haxey reply but, rallied by their skipper, they managed to clinch the victory in the 42nd over.

Perera had threatened to halt the Skegness recovery by trying to hit the Skegness skipper out of the attack, but Bariwala responded by trapping him lbw in the 36th over.

This was Haxey’s last throw of the dice and a wicket in each of his last three overs brought a wide smile to the face of the Skegness captain.

“Those lower order partnerships were crucial today; it was a real team effort,” Bariwala said after Sean Chamberlain’s spectacular slip catch brought the curtain down on Haxey’s innings.

Skegness - S. Bariwala, b Perera, 0; P. Houghton, c Coy b Bell, 2; J. Epton, lbw b Bell, 1; O. Pringle, c Wraith, b Bisby, 52; S. Chamberlain, c Atkins, b Bisby, 29; P. Butler, b Bisby, 3; A. Gordon, c Bisby, b Perera, 45; A. Santini, c Bell, b Atkins, 5; M. Chamberlain, b Attenborough, 2; S. Kirkham, c Coy, b Perera, 15; M. Santini, not out, 1; extra 10, Total - 165 all out.

Bowling - C. Perera 16.3-1-56-3; P. Bell 10-3-34-2; M. Atkins 11-1-37-1; N. Bisby 8-3-24-3; G. Attenborough 2-0-11-1.

Haxey - G. Attenborough, c Gordon, b Bariwala, 31; T. Wraith, lbw b Pringle, 9; P. Harvey, b Bariwala, 25; N. Bisby, run out (Houghton), 25; O. Tonks, c S. Chamberlain, b Bariwala, 5; J. Scott, lbw b Bariwala, 4; D. Coy, b Bariwala, 0; C. Perera, lbw b Bariwala, 17; P. Bell, b Bariwala, 4; M. Atkins, c S. Chamberlain, b Bariwala, 2; D. Hughes, not out 0; Extras 8, Total - 130 all out.

Bowling - O. pringle 16-3-33-1, S. Kirkham 7-0-38-0; Bariwala 14-3-35-8; J. Epton 5-0-22-0.