Cricket: Skegness 143 all out, Hartsholme 147 for 4

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IT was a familiar story for title-chasing Skegness on Saturday.

Put into bat after losing the toss, the seasiders under-performed and failed to give their bowlers anything to bowl at.

They were all out for 143, with only three batsmen making double figures.

Now they are relying on others to keep their championship hopes alive after Haxey picked up 20 points against Market Deeping.

The seasiders will be hoping that third placed Bracebridge Heath and fifth placed Woodhall Spa can halt Haxey’s push for the title in their final two games.

But their own trip to fourth placed Sleaford on Saturday will be no guarantee of points, especially if they bat like they did at Hartsholme.

The early loss of Pete Houghton and Saeed Bariwala had a familiar ring about it so the seasiders turned to overseas player Adrian Gordon and Kiwi Oliver Pringle to rescue their match.

Their stand of 69 brought some respectability to the score, but when both departed Hartsholme ripped through their middle order.

Skegness lost four wickets for just seven runs during this spell and were eventually skittled out for 143 with a third of their overs left.

Pringle again bowled well for the visitors, taking three wickets and conceding less than two runs an over, but some calm and sensible batting by youngsters Tom Brooks and Matthew Wooldridge saw Hartsholme over the line.

The defeat leaves Skegness ten points adrift of leaders Haxey with two games left to play.

On Saturday they travel to Sleaford, with a home game against Market Deeping scheduled to be held on September 15 to wrap up their season.

Skegness - P Houghton ct Benson b Andrews 0; O Pringle ct Wooldridge b Shillito 38; S Bariwala ct Bunn b Andrews 8; A Gordon ct Brooks b Shillito 40; P Butler ct & b Rush 24; S Chamberlain lbw b Shillito 0; A Ainsworth lbw b Rush 0; A Santini ct Millar b Rush 6; S Kirkham b Rush 6; P Timby ct Millar b Rush 3; M Chamberlain not out 0; Extras 24 Total (all out) 143.

Bowling - M Shillito 14-5-29-3; D Andrews 9-1-50-2; H Rush 9-2-43-5; J Benson 4-1-16-0.

Hartsholme - A Bunn lbw b Pringle 7; T Shooter b Bariwala 44; H Rush ct A Santini b Pringle 1; L Moir Holland lbw b Pringle 0; T Brooks not out 35; M Wooldridge not out 34; C Millar J Benson) D Andrews) did not bat. R Thorpe) M Shillito) Extras 26 Total (for 4 wkts) 147.

Bowling - A Gordon 8-1-38-0; O Pringle 13-5-25-3; S Bariwala 15-3-51-1; S Kirkham 7-1-25-0; P Butler 2.1-1-6-0.