Minor Counties: Shropshire slip to fourth straight Trophy defeat

Shropshire skipper James Ralph
Shropshire skipper James Ralph has been out for a round 50 in successive Trophy matches
Unicorns Trophy, Group Three, Bracebridge Heath
Shropshire 221 (49.4 overs): Clarke 56, Ralph 50, Lucas 6-49
Lincolnshire 223-3 (38.3 overs): Wilson 106no, Kelsall 100no
Lincolnshire won by seven wickets

Shropshire ended their Unicorns Trophy campaign with a fourth straight defeat, going down by seven wickets to Lincolnshire at Bracebridge Heath.

It is the first time since the competition adopted qualifying groups in the early rounds in 1998 that Shropshire have lost all four matches.

Batting first, Shropshire lost early wickets before Robbie Clarke (56) and James Ralph (50) helped them post 221.

The hosts fell to 31-3 but recovered to win with more than 11 overs to spare.

Shropshire's Unicorns Trophy matches
19 April - Lost by 132 runs to Cumberland (Shrewsbury)
26 April - Lost by 95 runs to Cheshire (Nantwich)
3 May - Lost by 6 runs to Northumberland (Oswestry)
10 May - Lost by seven wickets (Bracebridge Heath)

Carl Wilson (106 not out) and Sam Kelsall (100 not out) came together to see their side home with a superb unbroken partnership of 192.

Earlier, former Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire seamer David Lucas had starred for Lincolnshire, taking 6-49.

Shropshire's next game is their annual Twenty20 friendly at home to Worcestershire at Bridgnorth next Wednesday night (20 May).

They then play in the first-ever Minor Counties Twenty20 when they take on Oxfordshire at Eastnor on Sunday, 31 May.

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