|28 Oct||Leicestershire v Lincolnshire||6½-9½|
|18 Nov||Lincolnshire v Worcestershire|
|20 Jan||Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire|
|18 Feb||Lincolnshire v Warwickshire|
Leicestershire v Lincolnshire
Report from Nigel Birtwistle
The MCCU fixture list always provides Lincolnshire with some difficulties in selecting a team in alternate seasons. Last year we had the luxury of two home games in Lincoln and two matches at neutral venues. This season we are faced with two matches away from home and two matches at neutral venues. So getting a strong team for every match will not be easy due to the amount of travel involved and the fact that Lincolnshire are also current the defending Minor Counties champions makes us the team that everyone wants to beat.
The first fixture of the season saw us travel to play Leicestershire at Thurmaston. I was very pleased to be able to field a strong team and I was hoping that the team could win an away fixture against Leicestershire for the first time since 2009. When myself and the new Leicestershire captain John Denton exchanged team sheets it was clear that the sides were very evenly matched on paper. Our matches against Leicestershire are always very hard fought contests and it looked like this would be no exception.
Surprisingly however the match didn’t quite pan out as I had anticipated. Lincolnshire were always in control of the match and after a few drawn games the wins started to come in and we never relinquished our lead. By the time Leicestershire had registered just their second win of the day Lincolnshire had already recorded five victories of their own to secure the match. The final two games in play were drawn to leave Lincolnshire winners by a 9½ - 6½ margin.
This was an excellent team performance by Lincolnshire in their opening fixture especially away from home against difficult opposition. Another milestone in my captaincy was also achieved when we won away against Leicestershire for the first time since I became captain in 2009. Hopefully we will be able to continue our good form when we travel to play Worcestershire at a neutral venue on Saturday November 18th.
|Leicestershire (Home team)||Lincolnshire (Away team)|
|1||W||Bao Nghia Dong||Loughborough||215||0-1||Chris Dorrington||Grantham||228|
|2||B||Martin Burrows||Wigston||196||½-½||Nigel Birtwistle||Grantham||199|
|3||W||Shabir Okhai||Syston||202||½-½||Samuel Milson||Louth||195|
|4||B||Alan Agnew||Leicestershire||199||½-½||Paul Cumbers||Grantham||193|
|5||W||Phil Horspool||Wigston||183||1-0||Nick Stead||Grimsby||192|
|6||B||John Denton||Melton Mowbray||180||0-1||Stephen Prior||Grantham||192|
|7||W||Graham Sharpe||Heathcote Arms||177||0-1||Jason Dilley||Grantham||188|
|8||B||Sean Sheahan||Shepshed||178||0-1||Stuart Williams||Grantham||182|
|9||W||Robert Taylor||Syston||178||0-1||Ivan David||Grantham||177|
|10||B||Ray Burgess||Thurnby||176||1-0||Joe Kilshaw||Grimsby||175|
|11||W||Paul Colburn||Braunstone||172||½-½||Keith Palmer||Louth||168|
|12||B||Constantin Gramaticu||Syston||170||½-½||Denis Georgiou||Scunthorpe||166|
|13||W||Karl Potter||Syston||163||½-½||Francis Bowers||New England||161|
|14||B||Mike Salisbury||Braunstone||150||½-½||Chris Holt||Grantham||159|
|15||W||Graham Booley||Heathcote Arms||149||½-½||Andy Hebert||Grantham||158|
|16||B||Jim Bingham||Braunstone||146||½-½||Arya Parnian||Grimsby||139|