Skegness cricketers make it to semi-final of Twenty20 competition

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Skegness Cricket Club are through to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Winkworth Cup after beating Louth and Grimsby on Monday.

On a tricky wicket at Louth’s London Road ground the seasiders were helped by a hat-trick from second XI skipper Reece Brant in the first game against Louth.

All three victims were stumped by first team captain Sean Chamberlain, helping Brant to figures of 4-28 off his four overs.

Some tight bowling from spinner Mark Chamberlain secured him figures of 1-13 from four overs and helped prevent Louth reaching the Skegness total of 134.

Highlights from the Skegness batting included a 46 from Pete Houghton, while skipper Chamberlain chipped in with an unbeaten 26.

Grimsby then beat Louth, setting up a winner takes all final game.

Some excellent bowling from Mark Chamberlain helped to restrict Grimsby to 93 for 5 off their 20 overs, giving the seasiders a real chance of progressing to the next round.

He conceded just three runs off his four overs, picking up a wicket on the way.

Jamie Epton then scored 38 not out to take the seasiders through.

The semi-finals will be played at Sleaford’s London Road ground on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25.

Proceedings will kick-off at 10.30am with the game between Bourne and Grantham.

This will be followed at 1.30pm by the second semi-final between Lindum and Skegness.

The final will take place at 4.30pm.