Hewitt and Farooq pave victory way


Lincolnshire ECB

Premier League

Skegness 232, Louth 187-5.

Skegness secured 14 points with a winning draw at East Lindsey rivals Louth to consolidate their ninth place in the table.

The seasiders posted a healthy 232, thanks largely to a ninth wicket stand of 75 between Richie Hewitt and Umar Farooq.

But the seasiders were unable to bowl out the London Road outfit as Graham West and Nic Keast put up stubborn resistance in an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 66.

Skegness openers Alistair Ainsworth and Pradeep Chanditha gave the visitors a good start and reached 50 before the former fell to first change bowler Tom Corden’s catch off his own bowling.

Chanditha went on to complete his half century before being trapped lbw by Andy Carrington.

Then there was something of a mini middle order collapse before Ray Jordan restored some stability to the innings with a trademark cameo of 37 from 26 balls.

When he was caught by Sebastian Darke off Keast Skegness had only two batting points under their belt on 152 for eight.

But the Hewitt/Farooq partnership bagged three more as the seasiders illustrated the depth of their batting line-up.

The final wicket fell with two balls left.

Keast was the pick of the Louth bowlers, finishing with figures of five for 62.

Bottom of the table Louth lost two early wickets in their response, both to the pace of West Indian Jordan, but three solid partnerships frustrated the seasiders.

In particular the sixth wicket stand of 66 helped them see out their overs and secure 11 points from their draw.

Skegness batting: A. Ainsworth ct & b Corden 12, P. Chanditha lbw b Carrington 67, J. Epton b Keast 21, D. Labuschagne ct West b Carrington 3, S. Chamberlain ct Wright b Carrington 0, N. Brackley run out (Corden) 1, R. Jordan ct Darke b Keast 37, T. Cuthbert ct West b Keast 6, R. Hewitt ct West b Keast 21, U. Farooq ct West b Keast 52, M. Chamberlain not out 1. Extras 11.

Skegness bowling: R. Jordan 14-1-49-2; P. Chanditha 9-0-29-1; U. Farooq 13-4-42-1; N. Brackley 6-1-23-0; T. Cuthbert 8-0-37-1.

On Saturday Skegness are at home to league leaders Grantham (noon).