Skegness outclassed by dominant batting performance

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ECB Premier League

Skegness 218-7,

Sleaford 222-2

Sleaford won by eight wickets

Skegness were given a lesson in batting by the Sleaford openers as the visitors romped to an eight 
wicket victory at Richmond Drive.

Despite two half century partnerships during the home side’s innings, a score of 218 was never going to be enough against the might of Tom Shorthouse - who 
seven days earlier had hit a double century against Spalding - and Kiwi Tim McIntosh.

And so it proved as the opening pair raced to 200 before Shorthouse fell for 110.

McIntosh followed soon afterwards, but batsmen three and four took them over the line to secure victory with 11 overs to spare.

The seasiders started the day without Brendan Young, who broke a bone in his hand the previous week.

Alistair Ainsworth stepped up from the second team to partner opening bat Pete Houghton, but both were caught off the bowling of Oliver Smith - Houghton by Nick Goacher and Ainsworth by skipper and wicket keeper Oliver Burford.

Jamie Epton and Chris Graser worked hard to put on 67 for the third wicket before Epton was run out on 40.

Aussie Graser went on to reach his 50 as the middle order came and went, but he finally perished when caught by Kurt Colyn off the bowling of Shaun Morris.

His innings of 56 from 106 balls included six fours.

Umar Farooq had already amassed 26 runs when he was joined in the middle by his skipper Sean Chamberlain, and between them they set about increasing the scoring rate to rack up more batting bonus points.

Farooq’s 41 came from 29 balls, while his captain’s 
37 was scored off 22 

Both finished unbeaten, but seven runs short of securing the fifth 
batting point.

Without the South African Young in their bowling attack, 218 was going to be a difficult total to defend.

Despite a splendid effort the bowlers were unable to put any pressure on the visitors, whose opening pair were in excellent nick.

Shorthouse’s 110 was scored off 99 balls and included 18 fours.

He was the first to go, caught by Farooq off the bowling of Mark Chamberlain.

Liam Taylor then had McIntosh caught by Pete Houghton with the score on 201.

So it was left to Louis Kimber and Andy Hibberd to take the visitors over the line in the 39th over.

On Saturday, Skegness travel to bottom club Spalding looking for points to lift them away from the relegation zone.

Skegness batting: P. Houghton ct Goacher b Smith 4; A. Ainsworth ct Burford b Smith 7; J. Epton run out (Kimber) 40; C. Graser ct Colyn b Morris 56; P. Chanditha lbw b Shorthouse 9; N. Brackley run out (Hall) 6; T. Cuthbert ct Burford b Youles 1; U. Farooq not out 41; S. Chamberlain not out 37. Extras 17.

Skegness bowling: U. Farooq 7-0-37-0; T. Cuthbert 4-0-24-0; P. Chanditha 6-0-33-0; N. Brackley 7-0-30-0; M. Chamberlain 9-2-34-1; S. Chamberlain 3-0-41-0; L. Taylor 2.4-0-20-1.