Norfolk waste no time in completing 10-wicket win over Lincolnshire
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Norfolk wasted no time in completing an impressive victory over defending champions Lincolnshire in their opening Minor Counties Championship match of the season.
Chris Brown's side quickly picked up the three wickets required to bowl the hosts out for a second time at Sleaford and then scored at six an over without losing a wicket to win a one-sided game before lunch on the final day.
It was an impressive performance from a side featuring four players making their debuts, including two teenagers, with everyone playing their part as Norfolk followed up reaching Twenty20 Finals Day by proving they can also be a force in the three-day game.
With no chance of the weather coming to their rescue Lincolnshire needed some heroics from their last four batsmen to set a decent target as they set off with a lead of just 63 after being reduced to 183-7 on Monday.
Matthew Fowler and Nick Keast managed to get their side past the 200 mark without further loss but once their eighth-wicket partnership of 32 was broken the writing really was on the wall.
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Young all-rounder Callum Melcalf made the breakthrough, having Fowler caught by Jason Reynolds for a brave 31, and he quickly struck again, bowling James Kimber for one to leave Lincolnshire on 212-9.
Metcalf finished with figures of 2-10 from three overs to go with his 2-30 and unbeaten 52 in the first innings – an impressive debut for the Horsford starlet.
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It was then left to Brett Stolworthy to complete the job as he had Alex Willerton caught behind by Sam Groves off his third delivery of the morning to finish the innings on 223, a lead of just 103.
Sam Arthurton and Jason Reynolds once again opened for Norfolk and having put on 136 together on Sunday they swiftly completed another century stand – this time unbroken – to confirm their side's 24-point haul.
Arthurton was the aggressor, following up his 155 in the first innings with an unbeaten 67 in just 55 balls that included 11 fours and two sixes.
Reynolds finished on 18, having faced just five fewer deliveries.
After a hectic spell of cricket in all its forms Norfolk now have a break of almost a month before their next game, a trip to Suffolk in the Minor Counties Championship.
The match at Copdock runs from July 22-24, with the three-match Festival of Cricket at Manor Park following from August 5.