LINCOLNSHIRE CCC v CUMBERLAND CCC
Lincolnshire’s hopes of reaching the Unicorns Knockout Trophy semi-final were dashed when they lost by 16 runs to Cumberland at Bourne CC.
Cumberland won the toss and elected to bat. Lincolnshire took two early wickets to reduce Cumberland to 33 for 2. Thereafter Alex Grainger and Michael Slack added 98 for the third wicket before Grainger was dismissed for 65. The Cumberland scoring rate then increased, led principally by Slack. After forty overs they were 173 for 4 and finally completed their fifty overs on 247 for 8, with Slack run out for 95.
Lincolnshire got off to the worst possible start losing both openers with only 12 runs on the board. Wickets continued to fall regularly and at 80 for 6 the game looked lost. Matt Fowler and Azeem Rafiq added 63 for the seventh wicket but when Rafiq fell for 59 the total was 184 for 9, some 64 runs short of victory. Alex Willerton then took the game to the opponents hitting 40 valuable runs (4 sixes and 2 fours) before he was controversially caught in the outfield, some 17 runs short of victory with 4.4 overs remaining. Matt Siddall with 4 for 55 was Cumberland’s most successful bowler.
Lincolnshire return to Eastern Division Championship matches when they travel to West Bromwich to face Staffordshire in a three-day fixture commencing on Sunday, 7 July (11 am start).