Wednesday, May 09, 2018
BRIGG AREA CRICKET FANS TO ENJOY A GREAT DAY OUT
Brigg area cricket fans can enjoyed a great day and watch TWO county games this month.
Lincolnshire County Cricket Club will be playing Minor Counties Twenty20 matches on Sunday, May 27 at Scunthorpe Town's Heslam Park ground, where there's a licensed bar.
This will be the first time that competitive first team cricket has been staged by the county club in this area for THIRTY YEARS.
Lincolnshire will be be playing Cumberland twice in back-to-back fixtures starting at 11am and 2.45pm.
Both counties will be able to change their teams for the second match, if they wish.
There will be no admission charge but the County Club will be running a raffle in which it is hoped spectators will participate.
Car parking is available at the ground.
If you are driving over from Brigg, follow the A18 and turn left at the Queensway roundabout.
Heslam Park is only a short distance on the right along Ashby Road.
Lincolnshire are in the Unicorns T20 Group One, alongside Cheshire, Cumberland, Northumberland and Staffordshire.
Lincolnshire's only Unicorns Minor Counties Eastern Division Championship fixture in the north of the county this season will be against Cambridgeshire.
It will be played at Cleethorpes Cricket Club's Chichester Road ground on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 8, 9 and 10.
If Louis Kimber is playing in the games at Scunthorpe, spectators might be in for a real treat...
Kimber and Mustard – Hot Stuff at Newcastle
NORTHUMBERLAND v LINCOLNSHIRE
BY CHRIS KEYWOOD, CHAIRMAN - LINCOLNSHIRE CCC
Lincolnshire CCC commenced their 2018 season with two matches at the weekend against Northumberland at Jesmond, Newcastle, in the newly introduced Unicorns T20 competition. The competition required the teams to play two matches in a day.
In the first match Lincolnshire were put in to bat and their innings was dominated by Louis Kimber who scored 162 not out from 55 balls.
His amazing innings included 15 sixes and 12 fours. This was a remarkable innings containing as it did 138 runs in boundaries and saw Lincolnshire reach 290 for 3 at the end of their allotted 20 overs. Kimber was well supported by former Nottinghamshire player, Bilal Shafayat, with 41 and Conrad Louth with 32.
Northumberland battled hard to maintain the required run rate but only former Durham, Gloucestershire and England batsman/wicketkeeper, Phil Mustard, with 81 and Matthew Brown with 54 not out posed any serious threat to Lincolnshire’s huge total. Kimber also excelled with the ball taking 3 for 33 in his four overs as Northumberland totalled 205 for 4 leaving Lincolnshire victorious by 85 runs.
In the second match Lincolnshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Once again Louis Kimber dominated the Lincolnshire innings making his second century of the day with 112 off 45 balls, hitting 7 sixes and 13 fours.
As in the first match, Bilal Shafayat again provided strong support with 56. At the end of their 20 overs Lincolnshire totalled 237 for 7.
Northumberland fared much better in this match and again Phil Mustard was their dominant batsman making 105 off 48 balls. His innings was the backbone of Northumberland’s chase for victory with good support again from Matthew Brown with 77 not out. The home side reached their target with 13 balls to spare for the loss of only three wickets.
Lincolnshire’s next fixture is at Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, on Sunday, 20th May (11am start) when they again face Northumberland in the 50 over a side knockout competition. This was a competition in which Lincolnshire reached the final in 2017. Having received a bye in the first round a place in the quarter final is at stake and if the above matches are replicated at Bracebridge Heath then this will be a match not to be missed.