CRICKET: Lincs CCC begin campaign at Grantham’s Gorse Lane ground next weekend

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Lincolnshire CCC begin their 2017 campaign when they host Cambridgeshire at Grantham CC’s Gorse Lane next Sunday (April 30) in the first of their four group stage matches in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy.

Last year’s captain David Lucas has retired from Minor Counties cricket and the mantle will now be held by Carl Wilson (Bourne CC), last season’s vice-captain.

Andy Carter (Bracebridge Heath CC), released by Nottinghamshire CCC, will form part of the county club’s pace attack and the other significant signing is the former Derbyshire player, Matt Lineker, who returns to play for Lincolnshire after a three year absence. He will also be playing his club cricket at Bracebridge Heath CC.

Matt Carter, who is in the second year of his contract with Nottinghamshire CCC, is likely to be available for all four of the group stage matches.

The county club’s officials continue as in the past season: John Van-der-Vord as president and Chris Keywood chairman, with chief executive Chris Farmer embracing the financial and secretarial roles, and Mark Fell as director of cricket.

The team for the opening fixture against Cambridgeshire will be selected from the following squad: Carl Wilson (captain and wicket keeper), Karanjit Bansal, Andy Carter, Matt Carter, Dan Freeman, Louis Kimber, Tom Knight, Matt Lineker, Jonny Tattersall, Adam Tillcock, Harry Warwick and Alex Willerton.

Details of the club’s 2017 fixtures can be found at www.lincolnshireccc.play-cricket.com

Next Sunday’s game is scheduled to start at 11am.