Cricket: Brindle makes history as Louth triumph
ARRAN Brindle and Matt Crowther both hit half centuries as Louth beat Cleethorpes in the first round of the Grimsby Town Knockout.
Louth posted a huge total of 180 for five, which proved beyond a depleted Meggies outfit.
Brindle's display saw her become the first woman in the competition's 76-year history to win the trophy for being the player of the match.
Louth, led by Andy Carrington, opened the batting in style – Crowther and England international Brindle put on 113 for the first wicket.
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Crowther was caught behind off Fred Lumby for 56. His 50 came off 49 balls and included a six and five fours.
Brindle then added a further 32, with Jason Collinson, before being out lbw to Phil Hutchinson for 63. Her 50 came off 36 balls and included six fours.
Collinson lost two more partners before being run out, off the last ball, for a total of 36 – from 20 balls, with one six and four fours.
In reply, Cleethorpes set off at a good pace and moved ahead of the required run rate.
But once the Meggies were five down, they gradually fell behind. Tom Corden took three wickets for 33 runs off his four overs, with Stewart West, Andy Carrington and Mark Roberts each claiming two.
The final wicket fell on 108.
Trophy holders Grimsby Town take on Nettleham this weekend.