Dan leads England side to glory

Dan leads England side to glory

By Dave Wright
10 October
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National Counties outclass Euro rivals in Spain


Berkshire's Dan Lincoln led the National Counties XI to glory in the Dream11 European Championship in Malaga.
The England representatives defeated Belgium by 10 wickets in the final of this 15-nation T10 tournament.
In addition to skipper star Lincoln, the winning squad also included Berkshire's Andy Rishton, Max Uttley and Euan Woods. They were coached by Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert, assisted by former county player Richard Logan, the NCCA's operations director.
They generally dominated the event, suffering only two defeats - against Italy and Belgium - in a busy programme of 19 matches.
Slough batter/wicketkeeper Lincoln led from the front throughout the two weeks in Spain, producing many sensational knocks and sharing match-winning partnerships with Oxfordshire's Harrison Ward.
The pair dominated the final held at the Cartama Oval in Malaga, scoring an unbeaten 149 as they guided their side home with seven balls to spare.
Lincoln, who has played T20 cricket for Middlesex and for Kent in the County Championship in the last two seasons, struck six sixes and six fours in his unbeaten 80 from 31 balls and Ward, who also plays for Sussex, made 61 not out from 24 balls, an innings that also included half-a-dozen maximums. Belgium had earlier made 148-6 following a third-wicket partnership of 89 between Sherry Butt (54) and Ali Raza (43).
Another highlight for Lincoln came in the game that saw them clinch the Group C title, with the former Finchampstead CC skipper blasting 105 not out from just 31 balls in a six-wicket victory against Italy. He received excellent support from Wokingham's Rishton, who smashed 24 from nine balls, three of which he hit for six.
In another group game against Austria when the National Counties needed just 109 to win, Lincoln cracked six sixes and two fours in his 50 not out, which came from just 18 balls.
When they played Spain in their first match of the second week, Lincoln and Ward produced an unbroken first wicket partnership of 178 to set up a crushing 93-run victory over hosts Spain.
Ward scored 92 from 31 balls and Lincoln 82 from 30 balls, the pair plundering five sixes in a seven-ball over from Paul Hennessy that included a no-ball and cost 31 runs.
Ward finished the tournament with a total of 595 runs, just one more than Lincoln. Their respective strike rates were 266.44 and 225.00 and between them, they recorded 115 sixes and 79 fours.
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