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Atri inspires Lincolnshire fightback

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Vikram Atri’s century allowed Lincolnshire to fight back and claim a small advantage over Dorset on a rain-affected second day of the Minor Counties Championship final at Dean Park.

Atri, the former Nottinghamshire batsman, dominated the Eastern Division champions’ first innings with 118 out of 254, as Lincolnshire battled hard to claim a lead of nine.

Starting their second innings, Dorset had moved back into credit by moving to 10 without loss, by the time rain and bad light had brought a premature close at 3.51pm.

Lincolnshire began their innings today, but slipped to 110 for six, with Max Waller, the young Somerset leg-spinner, claiming three quick wickets for the hosts.

The final four wickets eked out 110 runs between them. An important seventh-wicket stand of 69 between Atri and Brett Houston helped trigger Lincolnshire’s revival.

Barring rain at Bournemouth over the final two days of this four-day match, a result looks likely. Lincolnshire are chasing their first title since 2003, Dorset’s last one came three years earlier.