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LINCOLNSHIRE CCC v NORTHUMBERLAND CCC
Lincolnshire welcomed Northumberland CCC to Bracebridge Heath in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy. By virtue of their success in reaching the final of this competition in 2017, Lincolnshire had received a bye in the preliminary round and as a result the winner of this match would qualify for the quarter-finals.
On a hot day and in front of a substantial crowd, Lincolnshire won the toss and elected to bat. They made a poor start losing two quick wickets with the total on 16 and two more with the score on 62. All this time, opener Conrad Louth had stood firm and when he was joined by the captain, Carl Wilson, the course of the game changed. They added 80 for the fifth wicket before Louth was dismissed for a fine 75. Matt Carter joined Carl Wilson and they added a further 56 for the sixth wicket before Wilson was caught for 56. Carter continued to play fluently and together with the lower order took Lincolnshire to 266 before the final wicket fell in the forty-fifth over, Carter remaining not out with a valuable 70 runs to his name. Michael Allan with 4 for 60 was Northumberland’s most successful bowler.
If Lincolnshire’s start had been poor, then that of Northumberland could only be described as disastrous. A fine opening spell by Alex Willerton, where he took three vital wickets, plus one from Matt Carter, and a superb run-out dismissal by Ross Dixon, reduced the visitors to 11 for 5. Matthew Brown and Sean Tindale then put on 79 for the sixth wicket, and Michael Allan and Oliver McGee added 83 for the eighth wicket to add respectability to the visitors’ score. Louis Kimber dismissed Allan for 47, finishing with 3 for 21. It was, however, Alex Willerton’s fine opening spell of bowling that swung the match dramatically Lincolnshire’s way, with his figures of 3 for 23, leading Lincolnshire to victory by 88 runs.
Lincolnshire now face Cheshire at Boughton Hall CC, Chester in the quarter-final on Sunday, 10 June.
Lincolnshire’s next game is against Cumberland at Scunthorpe Town CC on Sunday 27 May in two T20 matches.
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