Brigg Town Cricket Club scored two victories yesterday (Saturday, May 12).
In addition to winning against Scunthorpe Town 3rds in division four of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, the club's relaid square came through its first match without a hitch.
The all-important bounce after the ball hits the prepared strip was consistent.
This was the club's first home game in Brigg for four years, borrowed facilities at Hibaldstow, Brocklesby Park and Keelby being used in recent seasons while the Rec Ground facilities were brought back to the required standard.
Facilities off the field yesterday also impressed, including the new changing room block where a fine tea was prepared in the kitchen and eaten in the community room at the end of the building.
Invited to bat first, Scunthorpe - captained by the experienced Jon Jacklin - made an indifferent start to their innings with a clatter of early wickets.
However, their No 6 batsman Will Howsam, who scored 21, led a late fightback, assisted by Liam Ironmonger, with 14.
The visitors were eventually bowled out for 78 after 37 overs of their permitted 45.
Brigg's opening bowlers Tom Brock (three for 13) and Nick Beacock (four for 13) inflicted much of the damage.
However, an important role was played by long-serving Jack Richards, who took a couple of late wickets with his slow-medium deliveries, including a fine caught and bowled.
Jack then led the way with the bat, opening the innings and top scoring with 24 as Brigg inched home by three wickets.
Chairman Mark Cawkwell made a handy 14 and skipper Nigel Beacock an unbeaten 11.
A number of former Brigg Town players went along to spectate, including 'Gig' Smith, Gary M. Smith, Simon Fisher, 'yours truly', Robert Todd, Patrick Kenny, Jim Copson and John Blanchard.
Match result: Brigg Town (20 points) beat Scunthorpe Town 3rds (3 points) by three wickets.
Match ball sponsors: Nigel & Simon Fisher.
This Saturday (May 19) Brigg face the long journey to Horncastle for an away league fixture.
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE
(Sponsored by Kookaburra Readers)
SATURDAY, MAY 12
Lindum 2nds 135, Alkborough 100;
Nettleham 94, Barton Town 95 for one;
Bracebridge Heath 2nds v Cherry Willingham - abandoned, no play;
Market Rasen 222 for six, Haxey 225 for five;
Outcasts 217 for nine, Messingham 94 for three - abandoned - rain;
Scothern 99, Caistor 102 for four
Louth 2nds 292 for six, Broughton 165;
Cherry Willingham 2nds 118, Market Rasen 2nds 119 for four;
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 154, Keelby 51;
Scunthorpe Town 2nds 128, Cleethorpes 2nds 131 for seven
Scothern 2nds 59, Caistor 2nds 62 for no wicket;
Outcasts 2nds 106, Hartsholme 2nds 52 for two - abandoned;
Normanby Park 232 for eight, Hibaldstow 143 for eight;
Holton-le-Clay 2nds 118, Grimsby Town 2nds 120 for two
Cleethorpes 4ths 143 for five, Barton Town 2nds 144 for five;
Messingham 2nds 222 for five, Clee Town Laportes 145;
Lindum 3rds 171, Nettleham 2nds v154
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 78, Brigg Town 82 for seven;
Horncastle 168 for nine, Haxey 2nds 50 for one - abandoned;
Keelby 2nds 94 for one v Louth 3rds - abandoned
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Premier division: Bracebridge Heath 2nds v Barton Town, Caistor v Alkborough, Cherry Willingham v Lindum 2nds, Haxey v Outcasts, Messingham v Scothern, Nettleham v Market Rasen.
Division one: Broughton v Keelby, Hartsholme v Cherry Willingham 2nds, Holton-le-Clay v Appleby-Frodingham 2nds, Louth 2nds v Cleethorpes 2nds.
Division two: Hibaldstow v Grimsby Town 2nds, Normanby Park v Caistor 2nds, Old Lincolnians v Hartsholme 2nds, Outcasts 2nds v Holton-le-Clay 2nds, Scothern 2nds v Cleethorpes 3rds.
Division three: Alkborough 2nds v Broughton 2nds, Barton Town 2nds v Messingham 2nds, Clee Town Laportes v Lindum 3rds.
Division four: East Halton v Alford 2nds, Horncastle v Brigg Town, Keelby 2nds v Scunthorpe Town 3rds
Premier division games begin at 1pm; matches in all other sections start at 1.30pm.
|A break for drinks while Brigg were fielding.|
|Former Brigg Town Cricket Club star all-rounder 'Gig' Smith watching the match with league chairman Bob Welton, right.|
|Tom Brock fielding on the boundary for Brigg.|
|Scunthorpe Town 3rds, captained by Jon Jacklin (back row, second left).|