Staffs v LincolnshireStaffordshire’s first ever visit to Rolleston Cricket Club on the outskirts of Burton on Trent proved to be a very rewarding one with two successes over Lincolnshire in the Unicorns T20 competition, which sees them move to joint top of Group 1 with Cheshire with one further round of matches to be played.
Batting first in the opening game, Staffs got off to a positive start with Kadeer Ali and Peter Wilshaw putting on 72 for the first wicket before Wilshaw was out lbw for 37. Staffs passed the three figure mark before losing Ali for 43 caught by the wicket keeper. Useful contributions by the later batsman enabled Staffs to close their 20 overs on 152-5.
Replying Lincolnshire made a rapid start scoring at 10 an over for the first 5 overs and reaching 78 before spinner Anis Raza struck to dismiss Conrad Louth for 45 in the 11th over. An inspired spell of left arm seam bowling from Whitmore’s Michael Hill, who claimed 3-18, helped to peg back the Lincolnshire run rate and they eventually could only muster 140-7 to see Staffs clinch victory by 12 runs.
In contrast to their positive start to the first game Staffs were in quick trouble in the second match losing both openers with just 3 runs on the board. They then slumped to 19-3 with the loss of Hill but a quick fire 36 from Sam Kelsall helped to get the Staffs innings back on track. Tim Maxfield then blasted 58, including three boundaries and three maximums, to help Staffs reach a very respectable 178-7 from their allotted overs.
As in the opening game, Lincolnshire got off to a flyer but were also losing wickets as yet another Staffs debutant this season, Richard Williams of Checkley, ripped through the heart of the visitors batting line-up to finish with figures of 5-25 to ensure Lincs were bowled out for 136 after 16.2 overs to earn Staffs a 42 run success and ensure the vital 4 points from the two matches to keep their qualification for Finals Day dreams alive.
Staffs travel to Penrith on Sunday 17th June to play Cumberland in their final two T20 Group matches knowing two further victories could well be sufficient to see them reach the last 4 of the competition. On the same day joint group leaders Cheshire travel to play Lincolnshire.
Staffs 152/5ic Lincs 140/7ic
Staffs 178/7ic Lincs 136ao
Posted on Monday 4th June 2018, in Latest News