Cheshire slip to defeat in opener.
By Jim Law

Sunday 19 April 2015, Grantham CC
Lincolnshire CCC 247 (47 overs), Cheshire CCC 154 (35 overs).
Lincolnshire won by 93 runs.

"We just didn't fire", complained skipper Danny Woods as Cheshire fell to a 93 run defeat against Lincolnshire in their opening Group 3 Unicorns KO Trophy game.

In truth Cheshire were second best throughout a game played in difficult conditions in Grantham.

Having won the toss, Woods invited Lincolnshire to bat on what looked a tricky pitch. Adam Syddall and young Ash Davis shared a promising opening spell as they reduced the hosts to 35-2 but a 69 run partnership for the third wicket pulled things round.

Mainstay of the innings was late call up Paul Cook with 88 along with Dan Freeman (37).

There was little joy for the Cheshire attack other than the openers with Syddall landing 4-36 and promising quickie Davis 3-48. Two fine catches in the deep from Rob Jones were notable highlights, the 19 year old enjoying an all-round good weekend having made a century the previous day for Toft. 247 looked a challenge, but doable.

The Cheshire reply started badly with both Warren Goodwin and Rick Moore back in the hutch with the score on 11.

A rally from Mark Rowland (22) and Khalid Sawas (23) took the score to 48 before Callum Rowe - another previous day centurion - weighed in with 27.

But from thereon in wickets fell regularly. Rob Jones managed a battling 48 in vain as the team fell away to land 93 runs short with Alex Osmond taking 4-20.

Woods acknowledged his side were below par but recognised the positives in Davis' fiery pace and the defiance of youngsters Rowe and Jones.

"We just weren't at our best", he said. "But we'll sit down, work a few things out and look to bounce back against Shropshire next week".