Saturday, October 28, 2017
BRIGG SPORTS CLUB PROMOTED & WILL MAKE ITS DEBUT IN BRAND NEW CUP COMPETITION
A Brigg sports club has been promoted to a higher league and will also be playing in a brand new knockout competition which is already plenty of interest.
Brigg Town Cricket Club finished runners-up in division four of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League during the season which ended in early September.
The club having now passed the necessary ground inspection, it will be able to play home games during 2018 at North Lincolnshire Council's Brigg Rec after spending several seasons at guest venues while the Wrawby Road facility was being refurbished.
With an approved home ground now in place, the club's promotion to division three was confirmed during the league's annual general meeting, held in Market Rasen on Wednesday night.
Mark Cawkwell and Nigel Beacock were there to represent Brigg Town Cricket Club.
Brigg's division three opponents during 2018 will be Alkborough 2nds, Barton Town 2nds, Broughton 2nds, Clee Town Laportes, Lindum 3rds (Lincoln), Messingham 2nds and Nettleham 2nds.
Due to a reduction in the overall number of teams taking part in the Lincolnshire League during 2018, which has cut the number of league matches to 14 in division three, a new Supplementary Cup will operate to provide additional fixtures.
There will be four 'round robin' groups, the winners of which will meet in the semi-finals, with the final following on Sunday, July 22 at Barton Town's Marsh Lane ground.
In the group stage, Brigg Town will play Broughton 2nds, Barton Town 2nds and Alkborough 2nds.
Group games will be played over three successive Saturdays early in the season.
It is proposed that Supplementary Cup ties for teams from divisions three and four will be 30 overs a side, rather than the 45 used in league matches.
The Lincs League hopes that the new, shorter format will encourage more people to take up cricket as a regular sport.
There will be no traditional tea interval during Supplementary Cup matches.
The panoramic picture of Brigg Recreation Ground was taken by local man Neil Stapleton a few months ago, using his drone.