Thursday, July 18, 2019



Cricket fans living in Brigg and district are to get this season's only chance to watch Minor Counties cricket in the north of the county.
Lincolnshire will be playing Suffolk, in a three-day championship match at the Chichester Road ground in Cleethorpes on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 21, 22 and 23.

Lincolnshire CCC tells us: "This three-day match is a crucial one for both counties. Suffolk currently lead the Eastern Division table whilst Lincolnshire, following their defeat against Staffordshire, have slipped to fourth place. 
"From the 2020 season both the Eastern and Western Divisions will divide into two divisions of five teams. The top five sides in each current ten team division at the end of the 2019 season will comprise division one and the remainder division two. Therefore, Lincolnshire will be endeavouring to consolidate their position in the top five."
Play commences at 11 am each day and admission to the ground is free.
If sampling a few pints from the club bar while you watch the match appeals, we suggest taking the train from Barnetby to Cleethorpes.
You can then get a bus to the Leisure Centre, which is close to the ground, or walk along the seafront.
Turn immediately right near the Leisure Centre; the ground is nearby.
This is a well-appointed venue with a fine playing surface and has hosted first class matches involving Nottinghamshire in past seasons.
Brigg Blog has been to many Lincolnshire games at Cleethorpes since the late 1970s sometimes in a reporting capacity, sometimes to spectate.
It's well worth considering a day at the cricket to support our county side.
In their latest championship fixture, Lincolnshire travelled to West Bromwich Dartmouth CC to face Staffordshire.
On winning the toss, Staffordshire elected to bat. Lincolnshire struck first, removing Kadeer Ali and Matt Morris with the total on 31. Staffordshire then added 66 for their third wicket and thereafter took control of the match. Tim Maxfield and Michael Hill added 194 for their fourth wicket and by tea on day one they had reached 347 for 5. Hill with 153 and Maxfield with 117 dominated the Lincolnshire attack with Spencer Byatt (50 not out) and Dan Richardson (35 not out) adding useful middle order runs to see them reach 451 for 6 declared in the ninetieth over. Lincolnshire’s bowlers toiled hard with Nic Keast 3 for 134 being the most successful. By the close of play Lincolnshire had lost three wickets for 55 and faced an uphill task to save the match.
On day two Lincolnshire’s batsmen struggled to handle the Staffordshire attack and only Bilal Shafayat with a fine 98 not out withstood the pressure. Lincolnshire were finally dismissed for 214 in the seventy-fifth over, still 237 runs in arrears. Richardson with 4 for 28 and James Cox with 4 for 65 were Staffordshire’s most successful bowlers. Staffordshire did not enforce the follow-on and by the close of play on day two had reached 239 for 6, a lead of 476, Hill again top scoring with 56. Nic Keast with 3 for 78 was again Lincolnshire’s most successful bowler.
Staffordshire declared on the morning of day three and Lincolnshire now faced an uphill task to save the game and to their credit they made a tremendous effort to do so. They survived into the ninety-eighth over with every player battling hard against the strong and varied Staffordshire attack. Tom Keast with 42 off 93 balls, debutant Ben Coddington with 41 off 91 balls, and Dan Freeman with 39 off 92 balls all played their part in a rear-guard action. The last wicket fell in the final hour of play, Lincolnshire being dismissed for 216, leaving Staffordshire victorious by 260 runs. 

Staffordshire took 24 points from the match and Lincolnshire 3.
This result leaves Lincolnshire fourth in the Eastern Division table.
PICTURED: Bilal Shafayat batting for Lincolnshire at West Bromwich against Staffordshire. Images kindly supplied by Lincs CCC.

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