CRICKET: Hapless Horncastle are no match for Scothern

Straight bat: Horncastle's Stephen West keeps out a delivery during last Saturday's heavy defeat
Straight bat: Horncastle's Stephen West keeps out a delivery during last Saturday's heavy defeat
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Horncastle CC remain firmly entrenched in the bottom two of the Lincolnshire County League’s First Division table after a comprehensive nine wicket defeat at home to Scothern on Saturday.

Once again, Horncastle’s inexperience was ruthlessly exploited as Scothern ripped them out for just 70 in 21.5 overs.

With key all rounder Harry Smith missing from the side, Horncastle always had the odds stacked against them and Scothern scooted to the points off 18.3 overs - for the loss of just one batsman.

On an otherwise disappointing day, a rare success for Horncastle was the fact skipper Nick Paige won the toss and elected to bat.

He formed a new look opening partnership with Paul File, but it wasn’t long before the wickets started to tumble.

File was clean bowled by Jack Lawson for nine, but the loss of Paige - run out for 11 - was the real hammer blow for Horncastle - and they never really recovered.

Only two other batsmen reached double figures with Nick Hill (19) top scoring before he became another of Lawson’s four victims.

Fellow Scothern seamer Jonny Drabble also picked up four wickets and although number eight Richard Dixon made 13, Horncastle’s lower order offered little resistance.

Paige knew his side needed quick wickets to stand even a remote chance of defending that low total, but Scothern duly dashed his hopes with a first wicket stand of 63.

Jamie Lewis did clean bowl Joe Drabble for 20 but Mark Convort (38 not out) stayed on to see his side home.