Louth 176 all out
Skegness 179 for 5
Skegness (20pts) beat Louth (5pts) by five wickets
A fine knock of 90 was only bettered by Saeed Bariwala’s performance with the ball on Saturday.
He finished with figures of seven for 36 from his 17 overs, almost half of which were maidens.
Indeed Louth failed to score off seven consecutive Bariwala overs in which he grabbed three match-changing wickets.
His bowling helped to restrict the home side to 176 before they were skittled out with seven balls of their innings remaining.
Then he set about the home bowlers, playing a leading role in partnerships of 43 and 52 with Lovelace and Houghton .
Norman Brackley and Paul Butler helped him towards three figures, but he was dismissed ten short of a century when he mistimed a short ball from Andy Carrington, skying an easy chance to wicket keeper Graham West.
Bariwala’s 50 came off 42 balls and in total he faced just 72 deliveries.
Houghton had struck four fours and a six to reach 34 from 18 balls when he gifted Jake Sanders with a wicket in his first over of the day. Two balls earlier he had smacked it over one of the longest boundaries for six, but trying to repeat the shot, presented Tom Corden with an easy chance at mid-off.
Norman Brackley hit the ball well during his short stay at the crease but was snapped up in the slips by Zeeshan Ahmed off the bowling of Stewart West.
Paul Butler’s departure brought Dan Milgate to the crease and he blocked out to give Bariwala a chance to reach a deserved ton.
This time it wasn’t to be. Instead, it was left to the Aussie pairing of Milgate and Jarrad Hoskin to see them over the line.
Earlier Louth had got off to a great start with Stewart West reaching his half century before opening partner Laurence Scott became Bariwala’s first victim of the day with the score on 72.
West (64) went six overs later, followed in quick succession by Ghumman, Ahmed and Tom Corden.
Ghumman’s dismissal was courtesy of an astonishing instinctive catch at backward short leg by Umar Farooq.
Louth slipped from 87 for 1 to 87 for 4 and then 97 for 5. When Milgate bowled Jason Collinson they were struggling on 116 for 6.
If anyone was going to get the Louth innings back on track it was Graham West, but Bariwala nipped his efforts in the bud when he trapped him lbw.
Milgate chipped in with the wicket of Stuart Barker and Bariwala had Sanders caught by Lovelace in his last over.
Bariwala even had the last word, catching Henry Tye off Brackley’s fifth ball to wrap things up. For full scores and details visit www.Skegness Standard.co.uk