CRICKET: Lincolnshire hopes of progress in Trophy take a knock

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Lincolnshire CCC’s hopes of making progress in the Unicorns (Minor Counties) Knockout Trophy were severely dented when they lost heavily to Cumberland at Bracebridge Heath CC last weekend.

On a warm, sunny day with a good crowd in attendance, Cumberland won the toss and elected to field.

This decision was immediately vindicated as Lincolnshire slumped to 10-3 inside four overs.

Wickets continued to fall quickly, and only Dan Freeman of the top order batsmen showed any resistance, eventually being dismissed for 35.

At 77-7, Lincs were in danger of failing to reach three figures until a determined stand of 50 by Martin Weightman (39) and Matt Carter (22) added some slight respectability to the total.

Ultimately Lincs were all out in the 44th over for 148, the wickets being shared by five different Cumberland bowlers.

Lincs struck early as Cumberland slipped to 24-2, but thereafter there was little success for the home county as Cumberland raced to victory inside 34 overs for the loss of five wickets.