Skegness beaten by just two runs

Brendan Young.
Brendan Young.

Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

Spalding 213 all out, Skegness 211 all out - Spalding won by two runs.

A five-wicket haul from Brendan Young and an eighth-wicket stand of 52 between Tom Cuthbert and Mark Chamberlain couldn’t stop Skegness slipping into the bottom four of the ECB Premier League.

They looked strong favourites after bowling out bottom-of-the-table Spalding at Richmond Drive, but a batting collapse saw them plummet from 47-1 to 60-4.

All-rounder Young, pictured, made 48 with the bat before hitting a delivery from former Skegness player Dan Milgate into the hands of Warren Nel.

This left them needing 67 with just three wickets left, but Cuthbert and Chamberlain met the challenge head on and took them to within 15 runs of the target when Chamberlain was caught by the Spalding skipper Rob Ambrose.

When Mikey Forman was stumped to give Milgate his third victim of the day the seasiders were still 10 runs short, but Cuthbert was fast approaching his 50.

He added five more when he was bowled by Milgate on 47 with the home side just two runs short of their target.

It was a valiant effort by Cuthbert, who has put in some sterling work with the bat this season.

Earlier Spalding decided to bat after winning the toss and Ambrose and Nel put on 36 before a neat caught and bowled by Young saw off the Spalding captain.

Umar Farooq had Josh Newton caught behind before Pradeep Chanditha bowled Nel to make it 77-3.

Then an 83-run partnership between Luke Hollingworth (53) and Ben Smith helped the visitors to 160-4, before Young sent them both back to the pavilion.

Young grabbed his fourth victim when he had Nuwan Jayasena caught by Brackley and completed his five-for with the removal of James Hook.

Norman Brackley cleaned up the tail as the Spalding innings petered out with two balls remaining.

Skegness must have felt confident chasing down 213, especially when openers Chanditha and Chris Graser put on 47 for the first wicket, but Graser’s departure was quickly followed by the dismissals of Wamanga Perera, skipper Sean Chamberlain and Norman Brackley.

Young added some stability to the innings and seemed on course to take the seasiders over the finishing line, but when he was caught by Nel they were still 67 runs short.

Mark Chamberlain (22) and Cuthbert restored hope, but when Cuthbert fell three runs short of his half century the game was over.

Scoreboard

Skegness: Bowling - B. Young 17-3-43-5; U. Farooq 10-0-49-1; P. Chanditha 6-0-49-1; T. Cuthbert 6-0-22-0; M. Chamberlain 2-0-18-0; N. Brackley 8.4-0-42-3; Batting - P. Chanditha ct Nel b Barratt 40, C. Graser lbw b Jayasena 29, W. Perera ct Thomas b Jayasena 2, S. Chamberlain ct Newton b Kearns 3, N. Brackley ct and b Jayasena 0, B. Young ct Nel b Milgate 48, U. Farooq b Jayasena 6, T. Cuthbert b Milgate 47, M. Chamberlain ct Ambrose b Milgate 22, M. Forman st Thomas b Milgate 1, H. Houlden not out 0.