Sunday, July 13, 2014


The teams from the annual Briggensians v Sir John Nelthorpe School cricket match, July 11, 2014, with the former boarding house forming a backdrop

The annual "Old Boys" cricket match was played at Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg on Friday night, July 11, 2014, in perfect weather. 
The School XI won by five runs, having set the Briggensians 136 to win a Twenty20 contest.
It was played in very sporting spirit and very well umpired by Peter Douce, of Broughton, a keen supporter of the Briggensians' Association and a long-standing official in league matches throughout the Scunthorpe area. His arms must have been aching after signalling all the wides!
The oldest player taking part in the match was 58 and old enough to have been to Brigg Grammar School (Nelthorpe having been formed in 1976). You can take a guess who that was!
This fixture has been contested for many decades. It was certainly going in the 1960s and probably long before that. 
For many years the game was played on Father's Day (Sunday) but the expansion of Sunday league cricket began to take its toll on availability, so the switch was made to an evening slot.
Many schools in Lincolnshire used to have an "Old Boys" match, played annually. But very few of them now remain.  Could this  be the only one still going?
I can vaguely recall playing for a Brigg Grammar School XI against the Briggensians in 1971 or 1972 when the school had a Cricket Week at the end of July - at the start of the summer holidays.

1 comment:

Ken Harrison said...

58? Who's that, Nige?