Conrad in the black as Bourne break Lincs’ duck
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.