Saturday, August 19, 2017


With spectators from Brigg and district in attendance, Lincolnshire won at Cleethorpes to clinch the Minor Counties Cricket Eastern Division championship.
Lincs went into their final three-day championship fixture of the season against Hertfordshire  knowing that seven points would clinch the title for the second successive year.
They made one change from the side that had comprehensively beaten Northumberland, with Harry Warwick (Cleethorpes) replacing the unavailable Ross Dixon.
Hertfordshire won the toss and elected to bat in front of a substantial crowd.

Lincolnshire’s bowlers struck quickly as Hertfordshire were reduced to 61 for 4 and then 108 for 7 as Alex Willerton and Andy Carter with pace and accuracy demolished their batting line-up. No stand was more than 25 runs and inside 46 overs the visitors were dismissed for 143. Willerton with 5 for 27 in 16.1 overs was Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler with Carter 2 for 24 providing strong back-up. Lincolnshire had obtained the maximum four bowling points. When Lincolnshire batted, Louis Kimber and Dan Freeman were dismissed cheaply and at 58 for 2 Lincolnshire needed a strong partnership to put them in a commanding position. Matt Lineker and Conrad Louth provided this and put on 96 before Louth was dismissed for 34. Lineker finally fell for a fine 98 (11 fours and 3 sixes) as Lincolnshire lost four late wickets to conclude the day on 210 for 6, with one batting point secured.
Lincolnshire now needed two further batting points to secure the title and immediately Dominic Brown and Carl Wilson set about the Hertfordshire attack. Runs flowed quickly with forty coming in the first half-hour, and they finally reached 275 for 6 to secure the further two points. Brown was eventually dismissed for 60 having put on 96 with Wilson. Lincolnshire concluded their innings after their allotted 90 overs on 345 for 8, Carl Wilson being not out for an excellent 87 off 103 balls. Lincolnshire had a first innings lead of 202.
Despite losing an early wicket, Hertfordshire made better progress in their second innings as the pitch had now become a fine batting surface and the bowlers had to toil hard for wickets. Tanveer Sikandar and James Scott putting on 86 for the second wicket before the introduction of Freeman into the attack accounted for Sikandar for 47. Andy Carter then struck twice to remove Chatfield and Southgate, both caught behind by wicketkeeper Wilson. Opener Scott was finally bowled by Willerton for 70 and Freeman accounted for Cowell and Palmer. The second day ended with Hertfordshire on 203 for 7, one run in front of Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire started day three needing a further two wickets but the Hertfordshire batsmen were not to be dismissed easily. Kazmi and Kulkarni battled hard and kept the scoreboard moving, adding 68 for the eighth wicket before Willerton removed Kulkarni for 32. Ben Waring then joined Kazmi in a ninth wicket stand of 64 before Dominic Brown bowled Kazmi for an excellent 79 to add to his first innings score of 41. The final wicket also fell to Brown courtesy of a fine diving catch by Harry Warwick. Hertfordshire totalled 342 leaving Lincolnshire needed 141 for victory. Willerton and Freeman each took three wickets, but Carter and Brown, with two apiece had taken crucial wickets at vital stages of the innings.
Freeman and Kimber opened for Lincolnshire and first Freeman and then Lineker were dismissed cheaply as the total reached 43 for 2. Conrad Louth then joined Kimber in a stand of 42 before Louth was caught for 31. Adam Tillcock joined Kimber and they saw Lincolnshire to victory by mid afternoon, Kimber making a fine 54 not out.
Lincolnshire took a maximum 24 points from the match with Hertfordshire taking three.
This victory put Lincolnshire firmly at the top of the Eastern Division table and results elsewhere showed them 25 points clear of second placed Suffolk.
Lincolnshire now meet Berkshire, the Western Division winners, at Banbury from August 27 to 30 in the championship play-off final to decide the overall Minor Counties champions for 2017.
Before that, double-chasing Lincs will play Berkshire on Wednesday, August 23 at Wormsley in the final of the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy.

Lincolnshire's team to play Bekshire: C. Wilson (Capt & Wkt.), J. Tattersall, L. Kimber, M. Lineker, C. Louth, D. Freeman, D. Brown, A. Tillcock, M. Carter, A. Willerton A. Carter. !2th man is J. Timby.
This game will be played on the estate of the late Paul Getty on a ground considered to be the most picturesque in England.
Should the weather prove too wet on the 23rd, the game will take place on Thursday, August 24 (the reserve day).
Our thanks go to Lincolnshire County Cricket Club chairman Chris Keywood for supplying the information and forwarding the pictures.

ABOVE: Lincs players and officials celebrate outside the clubhouse at Cleethorpes Cricket Club.

BELOW: The Lincolnshire team which beat Hertfordshire at Cleethorpes to win  the Eastern Division. Club chairman Chris Keywood is third from left on the front row.



In London and other large cities the local authority provides bikes like these you can hire on the spot to get out and about and take in the sights.
Could North Lincolnshire Council do likewise in Brigg once the wonderful Ancholme Way finally reaches South Ferriby?
They could install a bike rack on the paved area at the end of the towpath, close to the County Bridge.
It will be a very pleasant and healthy ride alongside our river all the way to its confluence with the mighty Humber.
In London, these hire for pleasure 'treaders' were dubbed Boris Bikes after the Mayor, Boris Johnson,  who supported the initiative during his time running the capital's affairs.
Pictured above are bikes awaiting hire in Lincoln, the rack being alongside one of the many cycle tracks.


It's heartening to see village pubs still operating in the Brigg area and a little further afield.
Lots of rural hostelries across the country have closed during recent decades  - a sign of the times - but we are fortunate that many 'village locals' are still open to drinkers and diners in our district.
Here are pictures of eight to try if you head off from Brigg towards Lincoln, taking in Scawby Brook, Scawby, Hibaldstow, Redbourne, Waddingham, Snitterby, Glentham and Normanby-by-Spital.
We took these pictures from the double-decker bus which runs every Friday at 9.20am from Cary Lane, Brigg, to Lincoln.
Amazingly, you can go to the county capital and back and get change from a fiver with Dent's, the local coach firm!
The Fridays-only bus goes through the settlements listed above, plus others like Snitterby, Bishop Norton, Atterby, Owmby-by-Spital and East Firsby before joining the A15 near Scampton and then terminating in the city centre.

PICTURED ABOVE: The Royal Oak at Snitterby - delightfully situated near the babbling brook. 

The Marquis of Granby at Waddingham

The Crown Inn at Glentham
The Bottle & Glass in Normanby-by-Spital  

The Red Lion at Redbourne  
The Wheatsheaf at Hibaldstow

The Sutton Arms at Scawby
The King William IV at Scawby Brook


Resurfacing work being undertaken yesterday (Friday) for North Lincolnshire Council at (and near) the Fountain Corner mini-roundabout in Scawby Brook, close to Brigg.
We took these pictures of the roadworks from a double-decker bus yesterday morning. 


There's a musical event called Last Night at the Proms coming up in Brigg - for which tickets are now on sale.
Featuring a cello quartet and two group of singers, it will be held at St John's Church, in the town centre, on Saturday, September 16, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £5, including cake and sparkling wine during the interval.
Proceeds will go towards church restoration.
Get yours, and find out more, by calling 01652 659560, 652760 or 652292.

Friday, August 18, 2017


The Lincolnshire Show 2017 - held over two days in June at the showground just north of Lincoln - was attended by many people from the Brigg area and also supported by some of our companies, including Peacock & Binnington, the agricultural engineers, who have been trading since the 1890s.
The show organisers have now put together a video of the 2017 county showpiece.
Brigg Blog thinks many of our followers will want to take a look at the footage. 
So here's a link - click here to view...


The railway line through Brigg with its Saturday-only passenger train service received an unusual high-profile visitor last weekend.
We received a Facebook message from a friend who said he'd just glimpsed what he called a lengthy luxury train passing through late on Saturday afternoon.
He wondered what it was and when it was going.
A quick inquiry on the rail fans' grapevine revealed this to be a special excursion from Newcastle to Cleethorpes, returning home to the north-east.
It was diesel-hauled and made up of heritage carriages.
Someone even captured video of it a little further along the Brigg line, passing through Gainsborough Central.
Well worth a look - click here to view...
The Brigg line's passenger service, which will be running again tomorrow, sees one or two-car diesel units operating between Sheffield Midland and Cleethorpes, via Retford, Gainsborough, Brigg and Barnetby.
So a loco-hauled train passing through our town is a real rarity, though they were once quite common. The early morning newspaper-carrying train from Manchester was perhaps the last regular one.
Read this week's Brigg Line Blog update by Paul Johnson through this link...

Our picture above shows Brigg railway station, through which the 'luxury special' passed last Saturday, without stopping, of course! The image brings back memories of the British Rail era in 1980, when a train were arranged to take Grimsby Town football fans to an FA Cup tie in Liverpool one Saturday. BR declined to make a stop at Brigg station so 'yours truly' had to drive 20+ miles to board the train at the eastern end of the line. Full-length platforms, capable of taking 12 coaches, were then still in use at Brigg so that couldn't have been the reason why BR wouldn't stop at our station.  It was a cold January day and a very long one, ending in a drive back along the A18 we could have done without! 
The Mariners suffered a heavy defeat;  5-0 we think it was. Liverpool were one of the top teams in the country at that time. Kenny Dalglish, the great striker from Scotland, led their attack.