Grimsby Town CC fight-back falls short against leaders Skegness
GRIMSBY Town were left to rue a batting collapse as they were narrowly beaten by Readers ECB Lincolnshire Premier League leaders Skegness at Augusta Street.
Town were made to regret some rash sots as they were beaten by two wickets in a low-scoring encounter.
The visitors won the toss and invited Grimsby to bat on a pitch which was still fairly moist.
Captain Jim Morgan departed early as David Jacobs took a good catch, low down, at point off Oliver Pringle.
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Richard Antcliffe (26) and Neal Snell (20) took Grimsby to 48 for one after 15 overs. Antcliffe survived a testing spell of fast bowling from Adrian Gordon but then played on, driving Pringle.
Snell looked in good form but after pulling Gordon for an impressive four, he was disappointed to be adjudged lbw to the opening bowler.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Town collapsed to 86 for eight in only the 29th over.
Skegness skipper Saeed Bariwala bowled his off-spin impressively to take four for 20, as Grimsby's batsmen tried to attack the bowling but only succeeded in serving up a succession of catches for the fielders.
Last man David White managed double figures but Town were bowled out for a disappointing 124 in only 31 overs.
When Skegness batted they were soon in trouble as opening bowlers Gary Tillison and Matthew Cocks reduced them to 34 for three in the seventh over.
Gordon and the experienced Paul Butler staged a comeback putting on 53 for the fourth wicket, easily the day's biggest partnership.
Both players were eventually dismissed by Carl Taylor – the Town fast bowler came on in the 19th over to take three for 21 from his five overs.
Gordon was 'yorked' for 28 and wicketkeeper Morgan took a sharp catch to send Butler back for 24.
Jamie Epton looked composed on his way to 10 but Matthew Cocks came back on to clean bowl him and finish with three for 42.
Skegness crept over the finishing line to take 20 points, whereas Grimsby with their three points are now firmly entrenched in the lower reaches of the league.