Cricket: Fell focuses on the positives as young Lincolnshire side are beaten

Originally published in the Lincolnshire Echo on June 27th 2013.

Lincolnshire CCC Director of Cricket Mark Fell was focusing on the positives following the six-wicket loss at Hertfordshire.

Daniel Birch scored 200 as Lincolnshire reached 373 for seven from 90 overs to their first innings, but Hertfordshire hit back with 424 for six in the Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division.

Lincolnshire were then bowled out for 289 as Hertfordshire eased to victory over the youngest side Lincolnshire have ever fielded.

“We’re disappointed to lose. but there were more positives than negatives,” said Fell.

“The negative is that we lost but it’s a big positive to score close to 380.

“We were disappointed with the second innings but there were a lot of good performances.”

Birch opened and hit 17 fours and seven sixes on his way to reaching a double-century from 225 balls.

“You can’t take anything away from Dan. He stuck in well and was brilliant” said Fell.

Lincolnshire have fielded six debutante in their two MCCA games this season. Will Edwards Impressed on his debut against Herts with a score of 37 in the first innings, while youngster Harry Clewett claimed four wickets in the first innings. “Will played very well, especially in the first innings,” said Fell.

“He had a good partnership with Dan. It s about making sure there are good partnerships in two innings rather than just one.

“Harry bowled very well but Lewis Bromley was probably more impressive, he just had no luck at all. On a quick-scoring ground, he did well to keep their batting down.

“The side we put out against Suffolk was our youngest side ever but this one was even younger. We have to be patient with them so that they can improve game by game”.

Lincolnshire Echo, p85, June 27 2013
Lincolnshire Echo, p85, June 27 2013
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