CRICKET: Lincolnshire crash to Jubilee Park defeat

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Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park ground was anything but home sweet home for Lincolnshire on Sunday as they crashed to a heavy defeat against Cumberland in the Minior Counties Knock-out Cup.

Lincolnshire, who included Woodhall Spa duo Jonny Cheer and Matthew Sargeant in their side, appearing to be on course for victory at one stage.

Cashing a challenging Cumberland total of 229-9 from 40 overs, Lincolnshire’s reply stood on 58-0 on a typically excellent Jubilee Park track.

But once Lincolnshire’s opening batsmen had departed, they suffered a collapse and were dismissed for a disappointing 114 in the 35th over.

Cheer, batting at number four, was dismissed for a single-figure score and the big-hitting Sargeant - so often a matchwinner for Woodhall Spa - was dismissed for five.

Lincolnshire’s chief destroyer was Paul Hindmarch who picked up 5-35 while Toby Bullcok captured 3-17.

Earlier, Sargeant had picked up three wickets in Cumberland’s innings at a cost of 48 runs from ten overs. Cheer held a couple of smart catches.

The Woodhall Spa pair will be hoping to keep their places for Lincolnshire’s next match and they could be joined by teammates Sam Evison. The opening batsmen was 12th man against Cumberland.