Brigg Town CC handed Lincolnshire County League lifeline

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Brigg Town CC will take their place in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League again next season after surviving a threat to throw them out.

The league held its annual meeting last week when several new teams were elected to play in the league in 2016.

Brigg endured were handed the lifeline for one more season after enduring a troubled summer. They will remain in the league and will play at Brocklesby Park’s ground for a third season, but the club have been told they will not be allowed to stay there for the 2017 season.

Hopes that they could return to the Recreation Ground, in Brigg, were boosted when North Lincolnshire Council carried out professional restoration work on the square at the Rec last year.

There is now a requirement for that work to be taken forward with the club doing their own square maintenance in the same way other local clubs such as Caistor and Market Rasen.

Brigg will play in Division Four in 2016.

New sides in the league for 2016 are Lindum Second and Third XIs in Divisions One and Four respectively, and Gainsborough-based Marshall Sports in Division Four.

Outcasts Cricket Club, playing at Hirst Priory, near Crowle, had their promotion confirmed to the Premier Division, and next summer will be the first time they have played in the top flight.

The promotion of Holton-le-Clay from Division One to the Premier Division was also confirmed at the meeting.

Jeremy Slater, from Keelby, has stepped down as general secretary, and the league is seeking someone to take on the role.

Anyone interested should call league chairman Bob Welton on 07989 434762.

The league dinner will be held next April at Hemswell Court, near Caenby Corner.

Details of the guest speaker and ticket applications will be made available in the new year. Former Nottinghamshire and England opening batsman Chris Broad, father of England’s Stuart, was a big-name speaker in 2014,

Draws for the cup competitions will also follow at a later date.