Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Skegness 144 all out
Market Deeping 148 for 5
Skegness (3pts) lost to Market Deeping (20pts) by five wickets.
THESE days the Skegness scorecard reads like that of the bottom-heavy Australian test side.
Grateful for the contribution from the lower order, the seasiders limped to an unimpressive 144 all out at a misty Richmond Drive.
They lost their top five wickets for just 35 runs and then turned to veteran Paul Butler and the tail to hold things together.
Once again Butler was their top scorer and he and Aussie bowler Sean Williams helped them to three figures, an achievement that looked highly unlikely for much of the afternoon.
Umar Farooq and Jamie Epton also showed the top order how it is done after the chilly sea mist came down as if to try and mask the poor shot selection.
Skegness were without skipper and wicket keeper Sean Chamberlain after his double break of a finger at Woodhall Spa the previous week.
He was replaced by Farooq, but the seasiders were otherwise unchanged from the side that almost caused an upset at Jubilee Park.
They got off to a disastrous start, losing Ricky Lovelace caught behind off his second ball. When Saeed Bariwala was bowled by man-of-the-match Tom Andrews in the next over, the home side had only six on the board and two batsmen at the crease who had yet to score.
Jarrod Hoskin was Andrews’s second victim before Pete Houghton had his stumps removed by Ali Sharp.
Skegness needed another big innings from the big man Norman Brackley, but it wasn’t to be and he fell cheaply to the consistent Andrews.
Jamie Epton put on 24 with Butler, but was caught behind, a fate suffered by Dan Milgate, despite some question marks raised about the decision.
Williams helped Butler add another 30 runs and partnered Farooq to 38.
But the highest Skegness partnership of the day (42) was racked up by Williams and Tom Cuthbert, before last man Cuthbert fell with eight-and-a-half overs left.
In response the visitors didn’t have it all their own way and after five overs they were struggling on 13 for 2, but a partnership of 97 between all rounders Mehul Adatia and Andrews saw them to within touching distance.
Williams removed Andrews at the start of his second spell, but Adatia carried his bat to see Deeping home in the fog.
On Saturday Skegness travel to Bracebridge Heath for a 12.30pm start.
Skegness - S Bariwala b Andrews 6; R Lovelace ct Willemson b Sharp 0; J Hoskin ct & b Andrews 4; P Houghton b Sharp 12; N Brackley ct Gillett b Andrews 1; J Epton ct Willemson b Peacock 18; P Butler ct Andrews b Peacock 32; D Milgate ct Willemson b Andrews 5; S Williams not out 31; U Farooq ct Sharp b Adatia 19; T Cuthbert b Adatia 4. Extras 12
Total (all out)
Bowling - T Andrews 17-5-38-4; A Sharp 8-1-25-2; L Peacock 10-2-49-2; M Adatia 4.3-0-17-2; K Raza 2-0-12-0.
Market Deeping - C Jones ct Houghton b Cuthbert 3; R Witt ct Houghton b Williams 4; M Adatia not out 65; T Andrews b Williams 58; D Gillett b Bariwala 0; A Wheatley lbw b Bariwala 1; B Willemson not out 0; A Sharp) L Peacock) did not bat. K Raza) R Bainborough)
Total (for 5 wkts) 148
Bowling - S Williams 9-3-21-2; T Cuthbert 4.5-1-32-1; U Farooq 4-0-20-0; P Butler 4-2-9-0; D Milgate 5-0-24-0; S Bariwala 8-0-39-2.