CRICKET: Lincolnshire suffer Knockout Trophy setback

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Lincolnshire’s hopes of a second successive victory in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy were dealt a severe blow when they lost by 103 runs to Northumberland at Swalwell, near Newcastle.

After winning the toss, Northumberland elected to bat and their opening stand of 118 between Burnham and Tindale was decisive in terms of the match result.

Their partnership formed a strong base. Burnham eventually fell for 86 and Tindale for 46 but double figure scores from six further batsmen saw their final total to 261 for 8 off 50 overs.

Alex Osmond and Martin Weightman took two wickets apiece for Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire’s innings got off to the worst possible start as they slumped to 26-4 and then 61-8.

At this stage, they looked likely to be dismissed for their lowest ever score in the competition (68 v Cheshire in 1987).

However, this was not to be as Carl Wilson and Matt Carter then shared a stand of 95 for the ninth wicket to give some respectability to the Lincolnshire score.

They both scored freely around the wicket, Wilson finishing on 52 not out and Carter making 44.

The innings finally closed in the 44th over on 158 all out.

Opening bowler Brinton with 4-33 was the pick of the hosts bowlers, being responsible for the first three Lincolnshire wickets to fall.

This was a poor batting performance from a Lincolnshire side which on paper looked strong and well capable of chasing down the home side’s total.

Their next group fixture is at Bracebridge Heath on Sunday (May 10) when they entertain Shropshire.

They will need a victory to maintain a challenge for qualification to the quarter final stages of the competition.