Saturday, July 22, 2017


There's an opportunity for a great  day out coming up for people in Brigg and district, involving some traditional food and drink.
They can enjoy watching title-chasing  Lincolnshire play a Minor Counties cricket match at  Cleethorpes.
Take a bus from Brigg and then a train from Barnetby to the resort.
Brigg Blog made such a trip last August to watch Monday's play in the three-day Lincs  match at Cleethorpes and enjoyed some glorious sunny weather, a hearty breakfast on the seafront, a few pints at the renowned ground and a spot of seaside food on the way home.
The Chichester Road venue has staged first class county championship and one-day fixtures in the past, including a NatWest Trophy tie when the Lancashire team playing Lincs included England captain Michael Atherton.
Brigg Town Cricket Club went en masse to watch that one.
Following our blog's report of last August's trip to the cricket at Cleethorpes we've had inquiries from people interested in following our lead next month.
Lincolnshire Cricket Club chairman Chris Keywood told Brigg Blog: "The County match at Cleethorpes commences on Sunday, 13th August and is a three-day fixture culminating on Tuesday, the 15th.
"Our opponents are Hertfordshire. Play is scheduled to start at 11am each day. This could be the game that sees us clinch the Eastern Division title for the second successive year. Fingers crossed."
Brigg Blog will post bus and train times for Monday, August 14 nearer the match. It could well involve a Wolds Villager or Call Connect bus to Barnetby station.
Fingers crossed for the glorious weather that graced our outing in 2017!
Meanwhile, the county team has just done The Full Monty in terms of 24 points collected by beating another Minor Counties team, Bedfordshire, which included England Test spinner Monty Panesar.
Lincolnshire's next three-day fixture begins on July 30 - away to Northumberland in Jesmond, Newcastle.
Lincs have a 10pt lead at the top of the Eastern Division at present.

Lincolnshire travelled to the superb surroundings of Bedford School to face Bedfordshire in the fourth of their Unicorns Eastern Division Championship matches of the season knowing that a win with maximum batting and bowling bonus points could take them to the top of the table if results elsewhere went their way. County debuts were given to Jack Timby and Ross Dixon both of Woodhall Spa CC.
Beds won the toss and elected to bat. They were finally dismissed in the 83rd over for 183. Lincolnshire’s outstanding bowler was Alex Willerton who took 6 for 15 in 19.4 overs.
Lincolnshire lost the early wicket of Jack Timby but Dan Freeman and Matt Lineker saw them to 87 for 1 by close of play.
Freeman was dismissed early on day two by Monty Panesar for 30 and Sam Wood then joined Lineker to put Lincolnshire in a commanding position.
They added 164 for the third wicket before Wood was lbw for 85. Lineker was dismissed immediately by Panesar for a brilliant 138,  hitting the former England bowler around the ground.
The innings closed after 90 overs on 419 for 6 - a lead of 236.
Bedfordshire’s second innings lasted 8 hours and they were in the 135th over  when Lincs obtained the final wicket on 387.
That left Lincolnshire requiring 152 for victory in 25 minutes plus a minimum of 17 overs in the final hour.
Dominic Brown finished the match with a huge six in his 59 not out as they won with more than four overs to spare.

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