Thursday, July 11, 2019
BRIGG CRICKETERS GO TO TOWN
Here's a picture of Brigg Town cricketers taking the field 32 years ago, which will bring back some happy memories.
The venue is the fine Heslam Park ground, where Brigg were playing an away fixture at Scunthorpe Town.
The date was May 11, 1987 when Brigg Town 2nds took on Scunthorpe Town 3rds, although the latter more often used the Co-op Ground, off Brumby Wood Lane.
Pictured, from left to right, are Paul Belt, Nick Willerton, Andy Willey, Nigel Fisher, Mick Wescott, John Blanchard, Patrick Kenny, Simon Fisher and Craig Benson, wearing the wicketkeeper gloves and pads. The other two Brigg players are hidden behind their team-mates.
Craig is still involved in local football with the Briggensians club, while John Blanchard continues to mend washing machines across the town.
Simon Fisher and Nick Willerton were both in the Yarborough Hunt last Saturday night, and Mick Wescott still lives in Barnetby.
The Scunthorpe 3rds v Brigg 2nds match was in the South Humberside Alliance, which had only been going five years at the time this picture was taken.
Andy Willey was a hardy soul; despite it being early May, he's the only one of us not wearing a jumper. This may well be connected with the fact that he opened the bowling for Brigg and generally sent down plenty of overs.
He could bat a bit, too, and was renowned for his 'falling over shot' which deposited the ball over midwicket for six as he landed in a heap at the crease.
The smiles on most faces probably indicate a joke was being shared at someone's expense as we made our way out into the middle.
Brigg 2nds were not a very successful team at this time - unlike the Town first team - but the lads enjoyed their cricket.
Some of us go down to watch the current Brigg team playing home matches at the Recreation Ground and share a few memories from 'our day' which seems a long, long time ago. If only we could turn the clock back a few years...