Last-wicket heroics earned Hertfordshire an unlikely triumph over Lincolnshire in the Minor Counties Championship

Hertfordshire beat Lincolnshire following last-wicket heroics

Hertfordshire beat Lincolnshire following last-wicket heroics

First published in Sport

Hertfordshire celebrated a stunning win in the Minor Counties Championship after an incredible last-wicket stand against Lincolnshire.

After spending the first morning clearing water from the pitch, a depleted Herts side made up of a number of youngsters opted to bowl first.

This looked a wise decision when Lincs were 133 for six but a crucial dropped catch gave Anish Patel the chance to go on to score 133. Lincs finished their first innings on 290 for nine.

Hertfordshire’s reply got off to a poor start with Dave Lucas taking a hat-trick of wickets, leaving Herts at 15 for three.

Bowling Herts all out at 151 left Lincolnshire in a dominant position heading into the second innings.

It looked like victory would be a formality for Lincs as they were in a strong position at 70 for three. However, a huge collapse then ensued and the batting order fell apart against the bowling of Syed Al Kazmi and Ben Waring.

Lincolnshire were dismissed for just 98 with Kazmi claiming four for three from 7.1 overs and Waring taking three for nine from six overs.

This still left Herts with an imposing target of 238 and the side, ending the second day on 104 for six, looked a long way from victory.

When Herts eventually fell to 162 for nine the game looked over. But teenagers Waring (23 not out) and Tim Graham (78 not out) achieved the seemingly impossible with a superb innings which left Lincs beaten by one wicket.

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