Top scorer Conrad Louth leads Lincolnshire to Minor Counties win
Bourne Cricket Club batsman Conrad Louth helped Lincolnshire to a seven wicket victory over Northumberland in Minor Counties action this week.
Northumberland made 199-9 in their first innings which Lincolnshire failed to match at Sleaford Cricket Club, trailing by ten runs after they were bowled out for 189.
In the first innings Louth made just 6 runs before he was caught by Jacques Du Toit off the bowling of Oliver McGee, who finished on 6-44 at the midway point.
However Lincolnshire’s bowlers responded to the challenge and Northumberland were all out for 178 in the second innings, setting a target of 188.
Only Conor Harvey made a score of note, hitting 64 before Louth held onto a catch to get him out after a quick-fire score which saw him hit four fours and seven sixes to rack up an impressive score in just 32 balls.
Lincolnshire wasted no time in reaching the required target, however the reply started poorly with opener Ross Camelley out for 1.
But unlucky Sam Kelsall got the score moving before losing his wicket just one short of his half century after forming a good partnership with Louth.
The pair put on 127 runs together before he was caught by Jarvis Clay off the bowling of Dale Shaw.
Louth pushed on to score a few more runs before also getting caught after 120 balls, with 81 runs to his name, which included 13 boundaries.
Daniel Freeman (38*) and Bourne’s other counties player Carl Wilson (17*) delivered the victory with more than a day to spare.
After just two games Lincolnshire are in second place in the MCCA Unicorns Championship Eastern Division, just one point behind Cumberland who they play next away at Sedbergh School starting on July 5.