CRICKET: Woodhall Spa star Evison can’t save Lincolnshire from defeat

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Lincolnshire crashed to a 32 runs defeat against Buckinghamshire in their final Minor Counties League home game of the season at Grantham.

Woodhall spa-in-form opener Sam Evison (Woodhall) and Conrad Louth (Bourne) were recalled to the side and Danny Cliffe (Grimsby) made his debut after promising performances for the County Development side.

On a good wicket and fast outfield, the toss was to be all important and Buckinghamshire, having won it, had no hesitation in batting.

They were quickly into their stride with the openers puttingon 126 for the first wicket as Lincolnshire’s bowlers toiled in the sun.

The total had passed 200 with only two wickets down, Matt Carter having dismissed Charlie Macdonell for 105 and Alex Morgan for 61.

A total of well over 400 looked likely by the visitors as Rob White added 59 and Robin Pritchard 65 before Lincolnshire gained some measure of control with the ball.

Late wickets fell as Buckinghamshire attacked the bowling and at the end of their allotted 90 overs they had reached 400 for 8.

Karanjit Bansal with 3 for 64 was Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler.

Lincolnshire made a poor start and were 23 for 2 before Evison and Bansal added 90

for the third wicket.

Evison fell for 40 but Bansal continued to dominate the bowling and reached his second century of the season before falling just before lunch on day two for 109 off 120 balls.

At 217 for 8, Lincolnshire looked unlikely to avoid the follow on target of 251 until David Lucas (43 not out) and Carter added 46 for the ninth wicket.

The home side were finally dismissed for 279, a first innings deficit of 121.

Buckinghamshire’s second innings was a complete contrast to their first innings as Lincolnshire fought their way back into the match.

At 84 for 2 they looked likely to build an overall lead in excess of 300 but it was not to be as Carter and Lucas ripped them apart as they were dismissed in 34 overs for 130, Carter taking 6 for 46 and Lucas 4 for 38.

Lincolnshire were left to get 252 for victory on a pitch now taking spin and with variable

bounce.

Wickets fell early and at 46 for 4 the target looked unlikely. Conrad Louth (28) and Alex

Osmond (36) batted gamely to restore the innings and Luke Robinson played a fine attacking innings of 43.

Despite another good knock by David Lucas with 40 not out it was not to be as Lincolnshire were finally dismissed for 219, losing by 32 runs.

Matt Rance took 7 wickets for 92 for the visitors to give him 11 wickets in the match.

The defeat meant that Lincolnshire dropped one place in the Eastern Division table to fifth. Their final fixture begins on Sunday, August 17 when they face bottom side Bedfordshire at Ampthill.