A superb opening stand of 184 paved the way for an impressive victory for Lincolnshire in their opening match of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy.
Taking on Cambridgeshire at Grantham, Lincolnshire were put into bat and quickly made the visitors reget their decision as openers Jonny Tattersall and louis Kimber embarked on a partnership of 184. Kimber fell for a fluent 90 off 98 balls and although number three bat Matt Lineker was dismissed cheaply, Tattersall went on to make 127 from 122 balls, which was his maiden century for the county.
He received support from Dan Freeman, with whom he shared 112 for the third wicket, and after Tattersall had departed, the onslaught was continued by Adam Tillcock, who was run out off the last ball of the innings. As the final total reached 348, Freeman finished undefeated on 64.
In reply, Cambridgeshire made a steady start before Andy Carter removed opener Asim Butt on 32. Gradually all six Lincolnshire bowlers worked their way through the order, with all of them taking wickets, and James Williams was the only visiting batsman to reach a half-century. A last-wicket stand of 39 held up the inevitable for a while before Cambridgeshire were finally all out for 243 in the 46th over.
Lincolnshire’s next match in the competition is against Cumberland at Penrith this Sunday. Their next home fixture is against Norfolk at Bracebridge Heath on Sunday, May 14 (11 am start).