double boost to survival battle

Pete Houghton top scored for Skegness at Louth.
Pete Houghton top scored for Skegness at Louth.

ECB Lincolnshire

Premier League

Louth 116, 
Skegness 117-5 - Skegness won by five wickets.

Skegness eased their relegation worries when they completed a league double over East Lindsey rivals Louth at London Road.

The seasiders had also been responsible for Louth’s exit from the Winkworth Cup this summer, so they are fast becoming something of a bogey side for their neighbours.

Their margin of success this time was much greater at the end of a match reduced to 38 overs a side, because of rain interruptions.

The home side got off to an awful start, with their top four batsmen making just one run between them.

Amila Wettasinghe added some respectability to the score with his 43, but only Nic Keast managed to stay with him long enough to reach double figures as Louth collapsed to 116 all out.

Brendan Young was again the pick of the Skegness bowlers with four wickets for 52 runs off his 13 overs, while Norman Brackley did his averages no harm, taking two wickets in the seven balls he bowled at the expense of just one run.

Pete Houghton led the Skegness response with a patient 36 runs and the visitors reached their target in the 34th over.

Tom Cuthbert, rewarded for his previous week’s heroics with a slot at number six, scored 19, but it was former skipper Richie Hewitt and current captain Sean Chamberlain at the crease when the winning run was hit.

The maximum points haul lifted the seasiders to eighth in the table, just three points behind Louth, but also just eight points above the relegation zone

On Saturday Skegness entertain second placed Bracebridge Heath at Richmond Drive, starting at noon.

Skegness bowling: B. Young 13-2-52-4; U. Farooq 9-1-35-3; T. Cuthbert 3-0-17-1; M. Chamberlain 2-0-6-0; Brackley 1.1-0-1-2.

Skegness batting: P. Houghton ct Hamilton b Corden 36; N. Brackley ct Collinson b Carrington 5; J. Epton ct Dwyer b Wettasinghe 9; R. Hewitt not out 14; B. Young lbw b Corden 6; T. Cuthbert ct and b Corden 19; S. Chamberlain not out 9. Extras 19.