CRICKET: Lincs CCC begin season in style

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Minor Counties League

Knockout Trophy

Lincolnshire 247

Cheshire 154

Lincolnshire began their season in fine style, defeating Cheshire at Grantham by 93 runs in their opening group match of the Knockout Trophy competition.

Cheshire won the toss and put Lincolnshire into bat. Sam Kelsall, making his debut for Lincolnshire, opened the innings with Kranjit Bansal and it was not long before the latter and Conrad Louth were dismissed with the score on 35-2.

There then followed the best stand of the match as Kelsall and Paul Cook put on 69 before Kelsall fell for 34 in the 24th over. Paul Cook continued to dominate the bowling and added a further 63 with Carl Wilson (33) before being dismissed for 88, which included 11 fours and three sixes. Apart from a rapid 37 from Dan Freeman, no other substantial score was made.

Lincolnshire made quick inroads into the Cheshire top order as David Lucas dismissed both Warren Goodwin and Rick Moore with only 11 runs on the board. From hereon wickets fell at regular intervals as all Lincolnshire’s bowlers kept a tight rein on the Cheshire batsmen.

At 102-6 from 22 overs, Cheshire were well in front of the required run rate but crucially had lost too many wickets and they were dismissed in 35 overs. Alex Osmond, 4-20 off eight overs, led the way, ably supported by skipper David Lucas (3-24).