Lincs edging Minor Counties match with Cambs


Cambridgeshire came unstuck at the hands of a Notts first-class cricketer on the opening day of their Minor Counties Championship against Lincolnshire at Grantham yesterday (Sunday).

Matthew Carter, who plays club cricket for Lincs Premier Division title chasers Bracebridge Heath, created first-class headlines earlier this summer when taking 7-56 on his County Championship debut at Somerset. They were the best debutant figures by a Notts player for over 100 years.

And Carter’s class shone through yesterday (Sunday) as he bagged 7-44 from 15 overs to reduce Cambs to 140-8 at the close of the first day. Cambs started their reply to Lincs’ 194 all out in decent style, but Carter prompted a collapse from 60-1.

Opener Ben Howgego top scored for Cambs with 40, while Peterborough Town’s Asim Butt made 24. Matt Gouldstone is unbeaten on 28. Wisbech all-rounder James Williams surprisingly opened the batting and made just five, while Ben Bryant (14) of Ketton and Dan Robinson (10) of Nassington failed to kick on after making starts.

Lincs were struggling at 89-5 when Sam Rippington of Wisbech dismissed Bourne’s Carl Wilson for 16. Wilson’s clubmate Conrad Louth (35, six fours) helped Luke Robinson (61) turn the innings around.

Joe Barrs (4-52) returned the best Cambs figures. Rippington finished with 2-50 from 13 overs, while Peterborough Town professional Paul McMahon took 2-36 from 11 overs.

The game resumed today (Monday, 11am).


Lincs 194 (L. Robinson 61, C. Louth 35, A. Patel 29, J. Barrs 4-52, P. McMahon 2-36, S. Rippington 2-50).

Cambs 140-8 (B. Howgego 40, M. Gouldstone 29no, A. Butt 24, M. Carter 7-44).