Brigg Town Cricket Club made a cracking start in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's new Supplementary Cup with a crushing home win over Alkborough 2nds at the Recreation Ground yesterday (Saturday, May 26).
On the newly relaid playing square, Brigg rattled up a huge 203 for seven during their permitted 30 overs in this Group C tie.
With shots to all parts of the ground, Matthew Bell led the way with an undefeated 79 and there were a number of other handy contributions.
|Matthew Bell being applauded from the field after his unbeaten 79.|
The rules of the new competition being trialled this season dispense with the traditional sit-down tea.
So after both teams had visited the Community Room at the Rec to enjoyed a quick, refreshing drink on a hot afternoon, Alkborough began their innings.
But the villagers came up short, being bowled out for only 37 runs.
Brigg seamer Tom Brock was the destroyer-in-chief, taking six for 12 in his six overs.
One of the aims of this new competition - with 30 overs instead of 45 - is to get games over earlier so players can shower and change in time to venture out for a full Saturday evening's rest and recuperation.
Fittingly, yesterday's tie was sponsored by the Lord Nelson pub, in the Market Place - Brigg Town Cricket Club's chosen after-match watering hole this season.
With Alkborough's innings lasting only 16.4 overs, there was indeed an early finish!
There were eight ties yesterday in four groups of the Supplementary Cup and Brigg were the only side to top 200.
Result: Brigg Town (5pts) beat Alkborough 2nds (0pts) by 176 runs.
Match sponsor: The Lord Nelson Hotel.
Umpire: Steve Bailey (Scunthorpe & District Cricket Umpires' Association).
Brigg will play their next group tie this coming Saturday, June 2 - an interesting local derby against Broughton 2nds at Brigg Recreation Ground, starting at 2pm.
Winners of the four groups will progress to the semi-finals.
In last week's handsome away league win in Division Four, it was Phil Dewfall, not brother Danny, who claimed six wickets for Brigg. Incorrect information was supplied by the home team, later to be corrected 'for the league record' by Brigg but after our report had gone up. We have tendered our apologies to Phil. Having D. Dewfall and P. Dewfall on the list of registered players can be a shade confusing at times! Similarly, years ago, two of Brigg's top players were both called G. Smith - Garry (the all-rounder) and Gary (the batsman). They have been spectating at Brigg home games this season, together with a number of other players from the past.
|Alkborough players leaving the field at the end of the Brigg innings|
|Brigg batting in yesterday's match against Alkborough 2nds|
|Innings over for Nigel Beacock|
|Back to the pavilion for Mark Cawkwell, the Brigg Town Cricket Club chairman.|
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE
(Sponsored by Kookabura Readers)
SATURDAY, MAY 26
Messingham 172 for eight, Alkborough 91
Barton Town 115, Cherry Willingham 116 for eight
Caistor 185, Lindum 2nds 87
Bracebridge Heath 2nds 216, Market Rasen 217 for six
Outcasts 213 for nine, Nettleham 214 for nine
Scothern 196 for nine, Haxey 149
BOB WELTON CUP SECOND ROUND
Normanby Park 141, Hibaldstow 97
Old Lincolnians 57, Cleethorpes 3rds 60 for one
Cleethorpes 2nds 269 for one, Keelby 153
Hartsholme 214 for five, Holton-le-Clay 97
Market Rasen 2nds 65, Scunthorpe Town 2nds 68 for no wicket
Caistor 2nds 147 for four, Hartsholme 2nds 149 for five
Clee Town Laportes 134, East Halton 77
Cleethorpes 4ths 124 for nine, Keelby 2nds 81
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 82, Lindum 3rds 86 for four
Haxey 2nds 152 for five, Messingham 2nds 153 for six
Brigg Town 203 for seven, Alkborough 2nds 37
Barton Town 2nds 178 for five, Broughton 2nds 151 for nine
Horncastle 162 for eight, Louth 3rds 164 for eight
Nettleham 2nds 122 for six, Alford 2nds 127 for six
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
PREMIER DIVISION (1pm start)
Barton Town v Market Rasen
Bracebridge Heath 2nds v Outcasts
Cherry Willingham v Caistor
Haxey v Alkborough
Messingham v Lindum 2nds
Nettleham v Scothern
DIVISION ONE (1.30pm)
Broughton v Hartsholme
Holton-le-Clay v Cherry Willingham 2nds
Market Rasen 2nds v Appleby-Frodingham 2nds
DIVISION TWO (1.30pm)
Normanby Park v Grimsby Town 2nds
Old Lincolnians v Cleethorpes 3rds
BOB WELTON CUP SECOND ROUND (1.30pm)
Keelby v Caistor 2nds
SUPPLEMENTARY CUP (2pm)
Cleethorpes 4th v East Halton (at Immingham Blossom Way)
Clee Town Laportes v Keelby 2nds
Lindum 3rds v Haxey 2nds
Scunthorpe Town 3rds v Messingham 2nds
Alkborough 2nds v Barton Town 2nds
Brigg Town v Broughton 2nds
Alford 2nds v Louth 3rds
Horncastle v Nettleham 2nds
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
BOB WELTON CUP SECOND ROUND (1.30pm)
Scunthorpe Town 2nds v Hartsholme 2nds