Will Evans hit a record-breaking 183 as Cheshire swept Lincolnshire aside to set up a Knockout Trophy semi-final with Shropshire.

The astonishing knock from Neston batsman Evans – a Cheshire record – set up a county record score of 374-6 at Chester Boughton Hall's Filkins Lane.

Evans’ innings included nine sixes and 19 fours in front of a large crowd on a day to remember.

His total surpassed the previous individual highest – 168 by Warren Goodwin - at the same ground two years ago.

“It was an incredible performance,” said skipper, Rick Moore. “It was up there with the best I’ve seen.

“He probably had time to get a double hundred but put the team first to pile on a huge total."

Evans and Calum Rowe (56) added 138 for the first wicket, Moore making 35 and Luke Robinson 30.

Lincolnshire’s reply was always behind the required rate , Bilal Shafayat top scoring with 61 as Lincolnshire managed 245, with Luke Robinson taking 3-41.

With Shropshire winning at Norfolk, Cheshire now travel for their semi-final on 1 July, the other being contested between Devon and Suffolk.

And it’s a quick return to action for Cheshire – again against Lincolnshire as they travel to Bourne for a T20 double-header next Sunday (17 June) searching for a place in Final’s Day in August.