Brigg Town Cricket Club hosted Broughton 2nds in a local derby at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road, on Saturday (July 6).
With the sun coming out from time to time, this game attracted plenty of spectators, chiefly former Brigg players of the past.
Onlookers seated on the boundary included former Brigg strokemaker Col Mumby, who lives in the town and was Broughton's 12th man for this encounter.
Broughton 2nds, who are clear leaders in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three, enjoyed a very convincing victory to stay on track for promotion and the championship trophy.
Missing a few key players, Brigg failed to make major inroads into Broughton's batting line-up until late on, and the visitors rattled up an impressive 224 for nine in their permitted 45 overs.
Openers Nick Crawford and Joshua Smith contributed handy scores in the 20s but the main impetus came from the middle-order, with big-hitting Russ Blackburn cracking 61 and all-rounder Paul Clark 58.
Former Brigg player Simon Cross added 14 low down the order and there was a handy last-wicket stand of 33 between wicketkeeper Lee Stothard (19 not out) and Yogesh Jayasundera (10 not out) .
Their efforts were captured by the long lens of the Scunthorpe Telegraph's photographer and we can expect some of his action pictures to feature in this coming Thursday's issue.Brigg's bowling was a bit of a mixed bag.
Opening left-arm seamer Nick Beacock took one for 36 in 12 tidy overs. However, it was left to veteran slow bowlers Jack Richards and John Danson to get among the wickets and earn Brigg a handful of bonus points.
Jack recovered from conceding 19 runs in his opening over to bag four for 79 from a 12-over stint, while John took two for nine in a shorter spell.
This experienced duo accounted for both Broughton's top scorers, which helped to put a slight brake on the scoring rate.
After tea taken in the Rec's Community Room, Brigg set about their reply. However, early wickets meant they were never in the hunt, being skittled for 59 - in 30 overs.
The only batters into double figures were Mark Dawson (11) and Nick Beacock (10 not out).
Andrew Hillyard (five for 21), Clark (four for 16) and Jayasundera (one for 16) did all the bowling.
Result: Broughton 2nds (20 pts) beat Brigg Town (4 pts) by 165 runs - resulting in Town dropping a place to fourth in the standings.
Pictured above: The Brigg Town team prior to the start of Saturday's game against Broughton 2nds at the Recreation Ground. With them, left, is Patrick Taylor, from the Scunthorpe & District Cricket Umpires' Association, who took charge of this fixture.
Elsewhere in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday, Division Two leaders Hibaldstow secured a fine home win over Lincoln side Hartsholme 2nds, Josh Cowling hitting 60, Joe Taylor an unbeaten 50 and Jon Taylor taking four for 13.
In Division One, Broughton's first teamers suffered a 108-run home defeat at the hands of Louth 2nds. Broughton managed to pull off three run-outs in the field but, needing 213 runs for victory, fell well short.
|Broughton 2nds' batsmen Nick Crawford, left, and Joshua Smith getting ready to open the innings against Brigg Town on Saturday. Nick scored 22 and Josh 24.|
|Broughton 2nds' Yogesh Jayasundera and Lee Stothard after their undefeated last wicket stand of 33 runs against Brigg Town at the Recreation Ground.|
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE
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RESULTS - SATURDAY, JULY 6
Cherry Willingham 205, Caistor 206 for eight
Cleethorpes 2nds 84, Grimsby Town 85 for four
Hartsholme 199 for seven, Bracebridge Heath 2nds 102
Haxey 154, Nettleham 109
Lindum 2nds 210 for six, Market Rasen 193
Alkborough 233 for five, Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 234 for eight
Barton Town 174 for six, Messingham 175 for four
Louth 2nds 212 for eight, Broughton 104
Normanby Park 118 for nine, Scunthorpe Town 2nds 120 for five
Holton-le-Clay 194 for seven, Outcasts 147
Cherry Willingham 2nds 163, Caistor 2nds 81
Clee Town Laportes 194 for five, Market Rasen 2nds 178
Cleethorpes 3rds 146, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 148 for two
Old Lincolnians 173 for nine, Grimsby Town 85
Hibaldstow 199 for five, Hartsholme 2nds 81
Broughton 2nds 224 for nine, Brigg Town 59
Messingham 2nds 215 for one, Outcasts 2nds 216 for seven
Cleethorpes 4ths conceded the game to Lindum 3rds
Alford 2nds 135, East Halton 136 for eight
Scothern 2nds 313 for seven, Louth 3rds 136