Louth back on top form

Conrad Louth
Conrad Louth

Conrad Louth finally exploded into life as Bourne crushed Market Rasen by 191 runs in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

He has enjoyed a slow start to the summer by his own high standards, but he smashed a brilliant unbeaten 151 at Rasen – a knock that included 17 
fours, four sixes and occupied just 144 balls.

Louth added a quickfire 121 for the third wicket with captain Pete Morgan (60) and then dominated the rest of the Bourne innings of 277-8 in 50 overs.

Rasen, who were thumped by Market Deeping last week, were completely undermined by seamer Martin Shillito who bagged 5-34 from 12 overs and Tom Dixon who picked up 3-17 as they slumped to 86 all out.

Market Deeping also claimed a third win of the campaign in ruthless fashion as they despatched Grantham by 85 runs.

South African Emile Kriek (61) and Tom Andrews (50) did best as Deeping posted 204 and tearaway teenage fast bowler Patrick Brown (3-21) then ran through three early Grantham batsmen to reduce the home side to 21-4.

They recovered slightly but veteran off-spinner Meli Adatia (3-22) also picked up three wickets as Grantham were finally dismissed for 119.

Spalding also celebrated a victory, their first of the season after five straight defeats.

Skipper Rob Ambrose led from the front at Sleaford with 42 and shared an opening stand of 80 with Warren Nel (40).

Luke Hollingworth also made 40 as Spalding totalled 236-6, a decent score against a side without their former Kiwi Test player Tim McIntosh.

Sleaford opener Jonathan Cheer did bat throughout his side’s innings for an unbeaten 115, but his team-mates managed just 78 between them.

Nel and recent arrival Mark Joyce both claimed four wickets but Spalding remain bottom of the table.