Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
IN a low scoring game on Saturday Sleaford were edged out by Louth.
The toss was vital as rain had fallen prior to the start of the game and once again Sleaford found themselves asked to bat in difficult conditions.
The entire team struggled to score runs in the face of Louth’s tight and accurate bowling attack.
Matt Mountain top scored with a relatively modest 24, a total equalled only by Louth’s Tom Corden, but no other batsman could beat it as the bowlers dominated from start to finish.
Park, with 21, was the only other Sleaford batsman to score more than 20 as the side were dismissed for 112 in 41.3 overs.
Carrington (4-21) and West (3-52) were the main wicket takers.
Although this score seemed inadequate, Louth too found great difficulty accumulating runs and lost their opening wicket to the first delivery of the innings, caught and bowled by Sam Burrows.
It proved to be a hard fought affair with only a late unbeaten 24 from Corden enabling Louth the edge past the Sleaford total with two wickets to spare.
Burrows finished with figures of 3-37 and Park 3-41.
n This Saturday Sleaford are at home to high flying Haxby. The game starts at 12.30pm.
Lincolnshire ECB Premier League results
Sleaford 112, Louth 113-8; Woodhall Spa 167, Skegness 168-9 (Butler 60no, Sargeant 5-42); Lindum 125-8, Hartsholme 101 (Bansal 5-15); Bourne 218-7 (Wilson 75, Morgan 66), Grimsby 118-6 – rain stopped play; Haxey 129, Boston 111-7 – rain stopped play;
Market Deeping v Bracebridge Heath – cancelled, waterlogged pitch
n In the Lincs League on Sunday Sleaford took on Blankney.
Blankney won the toss and opted to field but the decision backfired as Sleaford made an explosive start, hitting 71 runs off the first 10 overs.
Although the run rate slowed down later in the innings, Sleaford still posted a useful total of 185 for 9, with Morris scoring 42 and Shorthouse 33. There were useful contributions from Rickett (25) and Roberts (22).
Tumilty was Blankney’s most successful bowler with figures of 3-39, with Schwardt and Gilbert each picking up two wickets.
Blankney never looked likely to threaten the Sleaford total after they had lost their first two wickets for just two runs and they fell well short with an all out total of 60.
Helping Sleaford to an easy 125 run victory, Shorthouse and Rickett turned in excellent bowling performances. Shorthouse finished with figures of 4-12 of 9 over and Ricket 4-11 off 8.3 overs.