Sunday, January 27, 2019
HOWZAT FOR SUPPORTING BRIGG CRICKET!
Brigg Town Cricket Club has won high praise for its efforts on and off the field.
At the Town Council's January meeting, it was agreed to make a £1,000 grant "for the maintenance of the cricket square and other annual costs."
Brigg Town CC - playing home games at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road - secured the Lincolnshire County Cricket League's fourth division championship last summer.
When its close season request for a grant was considered by the local authority, cricket-loving Coun Mike Campion opened the batting in the debate.
"They have had a really excellent season, achieving great things, with one or two players doing particularly well," he declared - in reference to club members who have won individual league trophies for batting, bowling, wicketkeeping and scoring.
Coun Campion noted that the club had benefitted from improved facilities provided for use at The Rec, but had also "worked hard on things themselves."
He added: "We should encourage this club in every way possible. I think the town should be proud of the cricket club and what it does."
Another fan of the summer sport, Coun Rob Waltham, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said much work had been done on the ground to help the cricketers who, in turn, had provided lots of volunteer support. He was particularly pleased about young people being involved in this sport at local level.
"It's really good to see there is a real culture in Brigg for cricket," he added.
Brigg Town Cricket Club's new season will start in May.
It has been promoted and will be playing games in division three of the county's largest competition.
After an absence of many years, the club resumed playing in 1974, in the Grimsby & District Saturday League, with home games at Brigg Rec.
The club successfully applied to join the Lincolnshire League two years later.
The first player/secretary, Brian Parker, is now the Deputy Town Mayor of Brigg and was present at the latest meeting.
Among his team-mates in those early years of Brigg Town CC was a young batsman, spin bowler and occasional wicketkeeper who shall remain nameless but was also in attendance to take note of the council's very generous grant to the club.
Brigg Town CC spent some years in the doldrums but since the refurbishment of The Rec by North Lincolnshire Council has gone from strength to strength.
The changing block, including a room used for teas, is now among the best in the county.