Con­rad in the black as Bourne break Lincs’ duck

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

CON­RAD Louth de­liv­ered the per­fect re­sponse to his ax­ing from the Lincs Mi­nor Coun­ties squad.

Bourne’s mas­ter-bat­ter was dis­ap­pointed to be left out of his county’s most re­cent line-up af­ter ap­pear­ing to do lit­tle wrong.

So what bet­ter way to stick up a metaphor­i­cal two fin­gers by crack­ing a cen­tury in a 124-run Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion win at Hartsholme.

Louth struck an un­beaten 120 which was more than half of his side’s 50-over to­tal of 234-9. Cap­tain Pete Mor­gan (36) and opener Ben Stroud (25) did the best of the rest.

The ton-up man’s in­nings was a mix of force and fi­nesse. Louth faced 150 balls and hit three sixes and 10 fours.

But then bat­ting is not ex­pected to be a prob­lem for Bourne this sea­son. Their is­sues are likely to re­volve around re­plac­ing the 130 wick­ets taken last sea­son by star seam­ers Fa­had Ma­sood and Char­lie Hop­kins, who both left the club in the close sea­son.

For­mer Es­sex and Northants open­ing bowler Dar­ren Cousins has been em­ployed to try and fill the void and he’s made a de­cent fist of it so far.

The one-time first-class quickie bagged 4-42 as Hartshome were skit­tled for just 110. Fel­low open­ing bowler Alis­tair Gra­ham, a 17 year-old new­comer to the Abbey Lawns, also bowled well to take 3-24, while South African Rob­bie Gow picked up two wick­ets.

It was a first win of the sea­son for the peren­nial slow starters. They’ve now right be­hind neigh­bours Mar­ket Deep­ing in the ta­ble as they were de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to build on last week­end’s win at Bos­ton by a wet out­field at Out­gang Road.

GREAT RE­SPONSE: Con­rad Louth.

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