CRICKET: Lincolnshire win again to leave Woodhall Spa duo waiting in wings

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Woodhall Spa duo Johnny Cheer and Matthew Sargeant could face a battle reclaiming their place in the Lincolnshire side.

Both players were missing from the Lincolnshire side that secured a stunning win against Eastern Division champions Cambridgeshire at Wisbech earlier this week.

Batsman Cheer - one of the stars of another recent win against Northumberland - was unavailable for the clash while all-rounder Sargeant is struggling with a back injury.

Lincolnshire took 22 points from the Cambridgeshire match and moved into second position in the table, five points behind Staffordshire.

Their next match is against Hertfordshire at Cleethorpes on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (July 20-22).

Lincolnshire won the toss against Cambridgeshire and elected to bat in overcast conditions and immediately lost opener Gareth Curtis for one.

Karanjit Bansal and Akhil Patel then added 65 until the latter was dismissed for32.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and no batsman seemed able to dominate the bowling.

Wicket-keeper Tom Brooks top scored with 48 and Lincolnshire were finally dismissed for 243,

securing two vital batting points.

Cambridgeshire made a disastrous start to their innings with David Lucas taking two wickets in his first over and slumped to 13 for 3 as Lewis Bramley - Cheer’s replacement - dismissed Callum French.

The home side recovered somewhat from these early set backs and reached 74 before Matt Carter dismissed opener Alan Burton in the final over of the first day.

Like Lincolnshire, the Cambridgeshire batsmen were unable to dominate the bowling and spinners Alex Osmond and Matt Carter gradually worked their way through the middle and lower order as the home side were dismissed for 211, 32 behind the Lincolnshire total.

Osmond’s 4-27 from 18.5 economical overs made him Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler.

Lincolnshire’s task was now to forge further ahead and Curtis and Bansal gave them this impetus with a stand of 81 before Bansal was out for 37 to add to his first innings 47.

At 121-1, Lincolnshire were in a dominant position but collapsed to 170-9 at the close of play on day two, Curtis top scoring with 49.

On day three Matt Carter and Ben Powell added a valuable 21 for the final wicket as Lincolnshire were all out for 191.

That left Cambridgeshire requiring 224 for victory with around 90 overs at their disposal.

By lunch, they were reduced to 78-5 and the only threat to a Lincolnshire victory was the imminent rain.

Lincolnshire continued after lunch to work their way through the Cambridgeshire order and at 125-9, victory seemed assured.

However the final pair of Barrs (39 not out) and Arksey (33) added 54 for the final wicket before Akhil Patel removed Arksey as the rain began to fall to leave Lincolnshire winners by 44 runs.

Alex Osmond again took four wickets - this time for 46 - to give him match figures of 8 for 73.