Sleaford Cricket Club First XI continued their strong start to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season with a maximum points victory at Louth, which was achieved by a four-wicket margin.
The home side batted first after winning the toss but never really came to terms with Sleaford’s seam attack of Sean Morris and Ollie Smith, who largely retained the upper hand throughout their opponents’ innings.
Morris and Smith claimed five and four wickets respectively, and Rhys Collings weighed in with the other, as Louth were bowled out for 182.
The Sleaford reply relied on an outstanding partnership between Tim McIntosh and Thomas Shorthouse, who came together when Sleaford had been reduced to 23 for 3.
The pair were quickly into their stride and were able to steer their side towards victory once the home side’s opening bowlers had finished their new-ball spells. Indeed it seemed that Sleaford were heading for an extremely convincing victory, as the partnership went past 150.
However, the dismissal of Shorthouse for an excellent 64 prompted the loss of two further quick wickets. But McIntosh was immovable and he finished the match with a straight driven six to remain undefeated on 94 as Sleaford passed Louth’s total with seven overs to spare.
* This Saturday, Sleaford entertain early leaders Bracebridge Heath at London Road, with a midday start.