Skegness sink back into the relegation dogfight

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Skegness 178, Grimsby Town 183-8 - Grimsby won by two wickets

A half century from Pete Houghton was not enough to stop Skegness sliding to their 11th defeat of the season at Augusta Street, home of relegation rivals Grimsby Town.

For the second week running opener Houghton (pictured) excelled with the bat but only three of his teammates managed to score double figures as the seasiders collapsed to 178 all out.

What made it worse for the visitors was that their demise came with eight overs to go, which allowed Grimsby 58 overs in which to score the necessary runs.

Despite a five-wicket haul for Skegness bowler Tom Cuthbert, the visitors couldn’t prevent their hosts passing their total in the 55th over.

With two games to go the defeat gifted Grimsby a lifeline as they try to scramble out of the relegation zone.

Skegness stuck with the opening pairing of Houghton and Sean Chamberlain after the previous week’s success at Spalding.

This time round Chamberlain didn’t hang around and made only three before being trapped by Lee Charlton.

Houghton then put on 90 runs with Jamie Epton before the latter was caught by Matthew Owen off his own bowling.

Daniel Nuttall failed to bother the scorer and when Houghton was bowled by Harrison Tice Skegness had reached 108 for four.

The early departures of Chris Graser and Pradeep Chanditha turned that into 115 for six before a partnership between Cuthbert and Umar Farooq secured the seasiders’ first batting point.

This was doubled by the partnership between Farooq and Mark Chamberlain and then Farooq guided the visitors past their third bonus point with Mikey Forman at the other end.

Soon after the Skegness innings petered out with eight overs left.

So Grimsby needed 179 from a maximum of 58 overs, little more than three an over.

Joe Farmery and Matthew Cliffe got them off to a good start with an opening partnership of 40. This was followed by a second wicket stand of 53 between Cliffe and Michael Brown. Cliffe made his half century before becoming the first of Cuthbert’s victims.

Then Cuthbert accounted for the wickets of Brown, Steven Crossley, Hayden Tice and Brendan Volley, almost singlehandedly reducing Grimsby to 105 for six.

Charlton steadied the ship for the home side, putting on 32 with Graham Thompson and then 31 with Harrison Tice.

These partnerships turned the game back in Grimsby’s favour and Charlton saw them over the line with an unbeaten 33.

Skegness batting: P. Houghton b Harrison Tice 60, S. Chamberlain lbw b Charlton 3, J. Epton ct and b Owen 23, D. Nuttall lbw b Tice 0, C. Graser ct Farmery b Owen 7, P. Chanditha lbw b Harrison Tice 5, T. Cuthbert b Charlton 17, U. Farooq not out 37, M. Chamberlain lbw b Harrison Tice 4, M. Forman b Charlton 0, B. Young retired out; Extras 25.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 15-2-56-1, U. Farooq 7.1-0-50-2; T. Cuthbert 13-5-20-5; M. Chamberlain 15-6-31-0; P. Chanditha 4-0-16-0.

On Saturday Skegness host third-placed Woodhall Spa at Richmond Drive, beginning at noon.