Lincs CCC move up to second after victory against Northumberland

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For their second Unicorns (Minor Counties) Championship match of the season, Lincolnshire welcomed Northumberland to Sleaford.

Lincolnshire brought in Ross Carnelley, the former Grimsby Town and now Radcliffe-on-Trent batsman, to open the innings in place of the injured Karanjit Bansal, and youngster Conor Marshall of the Notts Academy to replace Anish Patel.

Northumberland won the toss and elected to bat.

They quickly lost three wickets as they were reduced to 37-3.

Their captain, former Leicestershire player Jacques Du Toit, scored a quick-fire 46 before Alex Osmond had him caught on the boundary edge.

At 115-6, the visitors were in some trouble but Jarvis Clay and Conor Harvey attacked the Lincolnshire bowling aggressively and added 64 in quick time before both fell for 42 and 45 respectively.

The Northumberland innings closed on 199 in the 44th over.

Alex Osmond with 3-37 was Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler.

Lincolnshire quickly lost Carnelley and Conrad Louth and were reduced to 100-6.

Luke Robinson with 61 laid the foundations for a recovery aided first by Osmond and then David Lucas.

Lincolnshire were finally dismissed for 189 in the 59th over.

Northumberland spinner, Oliver McGee, was their most successful bowler, taking six Northumberland had one over to survive as day one closed and this they did without loss.

In their second innings the visitors collapsed to 56-4 and then 116-9 as the Lincolnshire bowlers progressively worked their way through the batting line-up.

There then followed a remarkable innings by Conor Harvey who scored 64 off 32 balls, hitting four fours and 7 sixes, before Dan Freeman dismissed him in the 38th over.

Adam Shepherd, with 4-68, and Alex Willerton, with 3-50, were Lincolnshire’s most successful bowlers.

Lincolnshire began their second innings requiring 189 to win but only two overs further play were possible before rain forced the players from the pitch and no further play was possible on day two.

As day three started, Lincolnshire knew that if they batted for 50 or 60 overs they would almost certainly win.

Ross Carnelley again fell quickly and then Sam Kelsall and Conrad Louth put the home county in a commanding position with a stand of 127.

Kelsall eventually fell for a vital 49 and Louth shortly after for a commanding 81.

By lunch on day three, the home county were 160-3 with Dan Freeman and Carl Wilson requiring a further 29 for victory.

This they achieved some 20 minutes after lunch, Freeman finishing on 38 not out and Wilson on 17 not out.

Lincolnshire took 21 points from the match and Northumberland took five.

Lincolnshire now have 45 points out of a possible 48 and are in second position in the Eastern Division table, one point behind Cumberland who they next play at Sedbergh School commencing Sunday, July 5.