Lincolnshire batsman hits double century to break 94-year-old record

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Louis Kimber hit Lincolnshire’s highest ever individual score, breaking a 94-year-old record in their drawn Eastern Division clash at Hertfordshire.

Kimber’s 246 in the first innings saw him become the county’s highest ever individual scorer, beating the mark set by Raymond Frearson, of Skegness CC), who made 232 against Cambridgeshire at Grantham in 1925.

Kimber was also part of a record-breaking fourth wicket partnership.

They beat Lincolnshire’s previous highest ever partnership for the fourth wicket of 217 set in 1990 by Mark Fell – the county’s current director of cricket – and Steve Warman.

Rain delayed the start of the match on day one until early afternoon and, on winning the toss, Lincolnshire elected to bat on what proved to be a fine batting surface.

Openers Joe Kendall and Jack Timby were both dismissed early on and at 35 for two, Hertfordshire were on top.

Shiv Thakor then joined Kimber and steadied the innings, adding 129 for the third wicket before Thakor was dismissed for 47.

Sam Johnson joined Kimber and they gradually assumed control, adding 262 for the fourth wicket.

Both batsmen were severe on the bowling, with Kimber particularly dominant.

He was finally caught on the boundary for 246, an innings which contained 12 sixes and 18 fours.

At the end of their maximum 90 overs, Lincolnshire had reached 428 for four, taking maximum batting points, with Sam Johnson 92 not out after hitting seven sixes and two fours.

The scoreboard at the end of Lincolnshire's first innings against Hertfordshire
The scoreboard at the end of Lincolnshire’s first innings against Hertfordshire
(Image: John Van-der-vord)

On day two, Hertfordshire began the task of trying to overtake Lincolnshire’s huge total and, to their credit, they made a fine start.

A first wicket partnership of 151 saw them in a strong position before Alex Moor dismissed Dominic Chatfield for 70.

The introduction of Adam Tillcock into the attack slowed the run-rate and resulted in further wickets falling, reducing the hosts to 228 for four, including the vital wicket of Hamza Ahmed for 95.

Thakor then assisted in reducing the home side to 331 for eight before they concluded their 90 overs on 357 for eight, giving Lincolnshire a lead of 71.

Thakor (three for 89) and Tillcock (three for 99) were Lincolnshire’s most successful bowlers.

Lincolnshire’s second innings started poorly and they were quickly reduced to 59 for five, a lead of 130.

Thakor and Tillcock then put on 77 before Thakor was dismissed for 47 and Tillcock soon followed for a valuable 56.

Carl Wilson and Usman Arshad extended Lincolnshire’s total past 200, Wilson with 30 and Arshad with 39, before the innings concluded on 215, a lead of 286.

A minimum of 50 overs remained in the day for Hertfordshire to score the 287 they needed for victory.

At 106 for one they were well placed, although their required run-rate was slowly climbing.

The dismissal of Chatfield for 57 by Tillcock was crucial. Thereafter three quick wickets by James Dobson took the game away from the home side as they finished on 189 for six off 52 overs.

Dobson (three for 17 off nine overs) was Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler.

Lincolnshire took 11 points from the match while Hertfordshire took nine.

Lincolnshire are now fourth in the table and need to finish in the top five to secure a place in Eastern Division One next season.

Their final Championship fixture is at Grantham CC against Bedfordshire starting on Sunday, September 1 (10.30am start).

Before that, Lincolnshire are in the T20 finals day at Wormsley on Sunday, when they meet Dorset in the semi-final (10 am start), with the winners facing Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire in the final later in the day.



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