Brigg Town cricketers, pictured above, turned in arguably their best team performance of the 2019 season at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (August 17).
Despite missing some key members of the line-up they beat second-in-the-table Nettleham 2nds by a narrow two-wicket margin in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three.
The top individual performance with the bat came from Danny Minshall, who steered Brigg home with an unbeaten 42 in a low-scoring encounter.
Brigg bowled well early on with Nick Beacock taking four wickets but a few dropped catches assisted the visitors' cause as they eased into three figures with an all-out 103.
Town seemed unlikely winners when their reply stuttered to 66 for six. But all-rounder Minshall, who had earlier bowled 10 overs, saw his side home with good support from Jack Siddall, with 24, and some members of the lower order.
For Nettleham, the experienced Simon Grocott scored 15 and later took five wickets for 47.
This match was sponsored by Peter Douce and Ray Atton (pictured above), former long-serving umpires who are keen spectators at Brigg's home fixtures.
It was Town's final home game, with three away matches to follow between now and mid-September.
Having gained the maximum 20 points on offer from Saturday's victory, Brigg are now third in the table behind leaders Broughton 2nds and Nettleham 2nds.
There's still an outside chance of securing the second promotion spot if Brigg can win when they visit Nettleham in a forthcoming return fixture at Mulsanne Park.
Saturday's game again attracted a number of spectators to the Rec, including notable ex-players Garry S. Smith and Gary M. Smith.
When two G. Smiths were playing in the Brigg first team it used to cause a bit of confusion for opposing scorers. Especially if they were both at the crease at the same time!
Scores: Nettleham 2nds 103 in 34.4 overs, Brigg Town 107 for eight in 27.3 overs.
Points: Brigg 20, Nettleham 3.
Umpire: Keith Barnes.
|Above and below - Nettleham 2nds at the crease.|
|David Baggott fielding in the deep for Brigg.|
|Nick Beacock, right, bowling his left-arm seamers for Brigg Town.|
|A drinks break for the Brigg fielders.|
|The end of the Nettleham innings and time for tea.|
Elsewhere in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday, Division Two leaders Hibaldstow recorded one of the biggest wins for many seasons. The title-chasing villagers rattled up a huge total of 298 (Lee Robinson 97) and then bowled out visiting Caistor 2nds for only 24 (Joe Taylor six for 11) to win by 274 runs!
Broughton 2nds enjoyed another comfortable win in Division Three, while Broughton's first teamers won their Division One derby against Messingham by 15 runs.
So it proved to be a very successful day for all our local teams!
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RESULTS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
Cleethorpes 2nds 165 for nine, Caistor 148
Cherry Willingham 157, Market Rasen 158 for five
Hartsholme 165 for eight, Haxey 166 for six
Lindum 2nds 142 for seven, Scothern 143 for six
Nettleham 127, Grimsby Town 128 for four
Alkborough 182 for five, Barton Town 110
Outcasts 110 for nine, Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 87
Holton-le-Clay 212 for seven, Louth 2nds 114
Broughton 199 for six (Nick Dobbs 51), Messingham 184 (Jake Parker 4-47)
Scunthorpe Town 2nds 128 for nine, Normanby Park 128 (tied)
Clee Town Laportes 160, Cleethorpes 3rds 151
Grimsby Town 2nds 139,Holton-le-Clay 2nds 125
Hartsholme 2nds 186 for three, Cherry Willingham 2nds 60
Hibaldstow 298 for eight, Caistor 2nds 24
Old Lincolnians conceded the game to Market Rasen 2nds
Lindum 3rds 193 for six, Barton Town 2nds 136
Nettleham 2nds 103, Brigg Town 107 for eight
Outcasts 2nds 103 (Simon Cross 5-15), Broughton 2nds 104 for two (Joshua Smith 38 not out)
Scunthorpe Town 3rds 106 for six, Louth 3rds 107 for seven
Horncastle conceded to East Halton
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
George Marshall Trophy Final (at Chichester Road, Cleethorpes)
Hartsholme (273 for five) beat Holton-le-Clay (272 for eight) by one run