Skegness’ Title Hanging By A Thread

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South Lincs and Border League

Premier Division

Stamford 127 all out

Skegness 126 all out

Stamford (17pts) beat Skegness (7pts) by one run

SKEGNESS Cricket Club’s quest for the South Lincs and Border League title is hanging by a thread after Saturday’s single run defeat at mid-table Stamford.

The seasiders still enjoy a two-point advantage at the top of the table with two games left.

But second placed Sleaford 2nds have a game in hand and are now favourites to snatch the silverware at the death.

Skegness won the toss at Stamford and put the home side in to bat. They then skittled them out for 127 in the 45th over, despite a wagging tail that gave the home side some hope.

Jason Elsom was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 22 runs.

Michael Jackson picked up two Stamford wickets for the cost of 16 runs.

In response the seasiders were dismissed one run short of their target in the 36th over.

Openers Alistair Ainsworth (39) and Reece Brant (21) got them off to a solid start, but Lachlan Stephen King and Michael Jackson were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as they collapsed, just one run short of the Stamford total.

The defeat left Skegness with just seven bonus points, reflecting on what might have been.

Stamford

Bryan Bennett ct King b Elsom 13
M Chaudhary ct Brackley b Jackson 4
G Peck ct Atherton b Culley 14
M Andrew ct Ainsworth b Elsom 0
S Holland b Elsom 6
J MacBeath ct Atherton b Jackson 1
P Holland ct Brackley b Culley 0
Brett Bennett b King 27
T Smith b Brackley 5
C Birch ct Turner B Brant 28
B Hall not out 11
Extras 18
Total (all out) 127

Bowling: M Jackson 12-3-16-2; J Elsom 5-0-22-3; N Brackley 12-4-33-1; A Culley 6-1-17-2; R Brant 4.2-1-12-1;  Lachlan S King 5-2-22-1.

Skegness

A Ainsworth b Smith 39
R Brant b P Holland 21
T Adlington ct Brett Bennett b Smith 4
L King ct Hall b Birch 18
N Brackley ct Brett Bennett b Smith 0
J Elsom ct Birch b Smith 5
M Jackson ct Andrew b Brett Bennett 15
L Turner ct Brett Bennett b Hall 6
A Culley b Birch 4
J Atherton not out 3
S Bailey run out (Smith) 0
Extras 11
Total (all out) 126

Bowling:

B Hall 8.2-2-22-1; C Birch 11-3-32-2; P Holland 6-0-26-1; 8-3-20-4; Brett Bennett 2-0-16-1.

Lachlan King finished with figures of 1-22 off his five overs.

Skegness 2nds lost to Timberlands in Division One of the league after being bowled out for 95 runs. The visitors knocked the runs off for the loss of four wickets to claim the maximum 20 points.

On Saturday the first team entertain Bourne 2nds at Richmond Drive, starting at 1pm. The 2s travel to Welby Cavaliers.