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Lincolnshire County Cricket League teams prepare for knockout cup matches

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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Knockout cup action will dominate the Lincolnshire County Cricket League programme on Saturday.

The senior competition, the George Marshall Trophy, has reached the second round stage while there will be quarter-finals played in the Bob Welton Cup.

All ties are scheduled for 45 overs an innings, with bowlers restricted to a maximum of nine – making all-rounders very valuable commodities to teams in both competitions.

There are only two ties in the George Marshall Trophy in which the teams involved are both drawn from the Premier Division.

Messingham host Nettleham, while Alford entertain Barton Town in clashes that are bound to attract the most attention.

Other top-flight teams will need to be on their guard against sides from Division One.

Premier Division Cherry Willingham at least have home advantage against title-chasing Scothern.

But there are away trips for the other top-flight teams – Caistor journey to Bracebridge Heath 2nds, Scunthorpe Town play at Holton-le-Clay, and Alkborough visit Market Rasen.

Only a couple of Division Two teams, Owmby and Keelby, remain in the George Marshall Trophy, and both have drawn Division One opposition on Saturday.

Owmby host Appleby-Frodingham 2nds at Todmoor, while Keelby do likewise against Louth 2nds.

Bob Welton Cup favourites Cleethorpes 3rds, from Division One, journey to Hirst Priory, near Crowle, to take on Division Two team Outcasts 2nds.

The Isle of Axholme villagers, like the Meggies, have done well in this competition in past years.

The only remaining Division Four team, Market Rasen 2nds, travel to Barton Town 2nds, who play in Division Three.

The other quarter-finals see Division Two and Three teams go head-to-head – Alford 2nds hosting Scunthorpe Town 2nds, while Nettleham 2nds welcome Broughton 2nds to Mulsanne Park.

All knockout cup ties start at 1.30pm.

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