CRICKET: Skegness come down to earth with a bump

Pete Houghton defends a Peatman delivery. Photo: Nigel West
Pete Houghton defends a Peatman delivery. Photo: Nigel West

ECB Premier League

Lindum 207

Skegness 155

After reaching new heights with their excellent result at Bracebridge Heath, Skegness came down to earth with a bump against a lively Lindum side at Richmond Drive.

The seasiders, excellent in the field seven days earlier, fell victim to an even more impressive Lincoln fielding side.

One catch in particular, Luke Robinson’s diving one-hander to dismiss Chris Graser, caused a buzz around the ground and has to be a contender for the catch of the season.

But the biggest thorn in the side of the seasiders was paceman Joe Peatman who finished with figures of 6-45 off his 13 overs.

Lindum elected to bat after winning the toss, but found scoring difficult against Brendan Young, who claimed the early wicket of youngster James Kimber for nought.

Richard Bishop followed shortly afterwards when he was bowled by Umar Farooq on the third ball he faced.

That brought the impressive Robinson to the crease and he rode his luck to rapidly pass opener Will Wright. Indeed, when Wright played a Young delivery on to his stumps when he was on 16, Robinson had already reached 34 in a partnership of 55. The left hand/right hand duo seemed to affect Farooq in particular and he registered an uncharacteristic 11 wides during his first spell.

Wright’s dismissal brought Geoff Middleton to the crease and he helped Robinson to a half century before going on to make 60 for himself, including three fours and a six.

Will Taylor was the only other Lindum batsman to make double figures as the visitors were all out for a reachable target in the 48th over.

Three Skegness bowlers finished with three wickets apiece – Young, Farooq and Norman Brackley.

In response, Skegness got off to a steady start against the opening attack of Peatman and Tom Lindsay.

Pradeep Chanditha was the first to perish when a Peatman delivery clipped the top of his stumps, but the dismissal that caused the most discussion was the demise of Aussie Chris Graser. The left hander hooked a Tom Lindsay delivery round the corner for what looked like a certain four runs. But Robinson leapt to his right to pluck the ball out of the air to the amazement of Graser and the healthy crowd who had gathered to enjoy the afternoon’s entertainment.

Skegness needed Pete Houghton to put together an innings similar to his knock at Bracebridge Heath seven days earlier and he seemed up for the fight, dealing admirably on his tip-toes to defend against Peatman, but he had reached only 13 when an off drive unluckily, for him, carried to Wright who gratefully snatched up the chance.

Norman Brackley joined Jamie Epton and it looked as though they had steadied the ship until Peatman beat him with an absolute peach of a ball that was caught behind by Richard Bishop. It was a lot closer than the previous delivery, which had triggered a loud and lengthy appeal from the visitors, but did not impress the umpire, or Epton for that matter.

When Young lasted just two balls, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the home side to get anything out of this match, and so it proved.

Brackley put on 46 with skipper Sean Chamberlain but, when he was caught behind off Jake Benson, it was only a matter of time.

Chamberlain just missed out on the top score when he was caught by Ryan Sneddon, and Farooq made 22, but Peatman finished things off for the visitors with the last ball of the 44th over.

Skegness are on their travels on Saturday when they visit Sleaford for a midday start.