CRICKET: It’s agony for Cheer as Lincolnshire slip to defeat

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A Lincolnshire side including Woodhall Spa’s Jonny Cheer suffered an agonising one wicket defeat against Hertfordshire in their latest Minor Counties Championship game of the season at Cleethorpes.

Lincolnshire appeared to be on course for victory when Hertfordshire - chasing a target of 238 - were reduced to 162-9.

But last wicket pair Tim Graham and Ben Waring defied everything Lincolnshire could throw at them and a 76-run partnership clinched a dramatic victory.

Torrential overnight rain looked set to wreck any hopes of play on the first day but outstanding work by the Cleethorpes ground staff - helped by players of both sides - ensured an afternoon start.

Asked to bat, Lincolnshire made steady progress but wickets fell at regular intervals and at 133 for 6, they looked in trouble.

However, opener All the while Anish Patel stood firm and paired up with Alex Osmond in a 94 run stand, the highest of the innings.

With a late flurry by the lower order, Lincolnshire reached 290-9 at the end of their allotted 90 overs, with Patel 133 not out which included 20 fours.

Hertfordshire’s innings started disastrously as 15-3 with Lincolnshire captain David Lucas

taking a hat trick.

They collapsed to 69-7 but a lower order recovery saw them finally dismissed for 151, Lucas taking 4-36 and Matt Carter 4-32.

Lincolnshire held a first innings lead of 139 and their second innings started brightly as they reached 85-3, an advantage of 224, with Karanjit Bansal making 40.

However, then lost seven wickets for the addition of only 13 runs in a remarkable passage of play and were dismissed for 98. That left Hertfordshire requiring 238 for victory.

Lincolnshire spinner Carter came into his own and gradually worked his way through the Hertfordshire batsmen and by close of play on day two. the visitors were 104-6, Carter having taken 5-42.

On the morning of day three, Hertfordshire fell to 162-9 still some 76 runs short of victory. Their final pair then progressed steadily and eventually reached their target in the final over before lunch Graham was not out 78 and 16 year old Waring 23 not out.

Their determined efforts saw Hertfordshire take 20 points from the match.

Carter finished with 7-98 to give him match figures of 11-130.

Lincolnshire had to settle for seven points and dropped two places to fourth in the league table.

Their next fixture is at Grantham on Sunday August 3 when Buckinghamshire provide the opposition.