MARKET Deeping were on the receiving end of a little piece of Lincs ECB Premier League history on Saturday.
England women’s international Arran Brindle became the first-ever female to score a century in men’s premier league cricket in what proved to be a run-fest at the London Road Sports Ground.
A massive 598 runs were scored and only 13 wickets taken as Louth picked up a winning draw (seven), but second-placed Deeping will be delighted with their showing and stay just nine points behind the leaders.
Batting first, Brindle led the Louth charge with a splendid 128. She was backed up superbly by Nuwan Shiroman (53) as the hosts racked up an imposing 335-6, despite the best efforts of the ever-impressive Karl Green (4-50).
Deeping’s reply started in the best possible manner, with John McDougall (66) and Chris Jones (50) raising hopes of an unlikely victory.
A mini-collapse followed, but skipper Dave Gillett saved the day with an unbeaten 76 down the order, salvaging a share of the spoils as Deeping closed on 263-7.
The day was all about Brindle though.
She told the ECB’s website: “It was a great feeling to score a century for Louth and then to learn that it was the first by a female at that level made it even more special.
“The timing of my innings means that my confidence is high going in to the international women’s quadrangular tournament this summer.”
Elsewhere, more batting heroics from Conrad Louth couldn’t prevent defending champions Bourne from slipping to a second defeat of the season.
The on-song Louth made a dazzling 79 at the Abbey Lawn, but the hosts could only manage an average 207-9.
Opponents Skegness easily chased that down for the loss of just three wickets.