CRICKET: Woodhall Spa duo help keep county hopes alive

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Woodhall Spa duo Matthew Sargeant and Jonny Cheer helped Lincolnshire gain their first win of the season in the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy when they defeated Northumberland by four wickets at Bracebridge Heath.

Victory was crucial for Lincolnshire at they kept alive any lingering hopes of qualification for the quarter final stages of the competition.

Northumberland won the toss and elected to bat. They made a rapid start and posted 58 for their first wicket.

Two further good stands took them to 153 before Sargeant removed opener Dan Young for 64. The quick scoring continued before Karanjit Bansal dismissed the former Leicestershire

player, Jacques du Toit, for 42.

After this, Lincolnshire gained a measure of control over the opposition batsmen and the scoring rate subsided as wickets fell, Alex Osmond being particularly economical with his 10 overs costing only 38 runs.

A likely total of approaching 300 was averted and Northumberland were all out in the 48th over for 238 which represented a fine recovery by Lincolnshire’s bowlers who were backed up by some excellent fielding.

Every Northumberland batsman who was dismissed fell to a catch..

Lincolnshire made a poor start in their chase for victory and were 33 for 3 with Anish Patel, Will Edwards and Cheer all falling cheaply.

However, the early lapses were followed by what proved to be a match winning stand between Bansal and Conrad Louth.

These pair put on 121 for the fourth wicket before Bansal was run out for 73 off 96 balls, including eleven fours.

Tom Brooks then gave valuable support to Louth with 28 in quick time as Lincolnshire coasted home with 15 balls remaining, Louth finishing unbeaten on 94, including eight fours and three sixes.

It was a good all round performance by Lincolnshire who now travel to group leaders on Sunday.