Lincolnshire CCC hosted Devon at Grantham’s Gorse in the quarter-final of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy on Sunday.
Lincs won all four of their qualifying group matches and topped the table, whilst Devon were runners-up in their group. A close encounter was anticipated.
Lincs were at full strength for this vital match with Jonny Tattersall, Adam Tillcock and Matt Carter returning to the side.
Devon won the toss and decided to bat on a bright and blustery day. Matt Carter dismissed opener Robert Woodman immediately and Alex Willerton removed the other opener, Liam Lewis, with the score on 37.
The dangerous Alex Barrow followed at 66 for 3. All of Devon’s middle order reached 20 but none managed to go on to make a substantial score, other than captain Josh Bess who was eventually bowled by Willerton for 54 with the total on 186 for 7.
Ultimately, the visitors were dismissed for 211 in 49 overs. Lincs’ bowling and fielding were both of a high standard and left the side with a great chance of forcing victory. Willerton with 3 for 39 was Lincs’ most successful bowler.
Lincs’ opening partnership of Louis Kimber and Tattersall put on 41 before the latter fell for 20. Matt Lineker soon followed at 65 for 2, and the game was in the balance.
There then followed the match winning stand of 91 between Kimber (77) and Dan Freeman (64 not out) to take the home side in sight of victory.
Although Tillcock and Sam Wood also fell, the home side reached their target for the loss of five wickets with nine balls remaining.
Lincs will now face Hertfordshire away in the semi-final on Sunday, July 9 (venue to be confirmed).
The county club return to three-day Championship cricket when they meet Staffordshire at Sleaford on Sunday.