CRICKET: Brigg a force to be reckoned with but Keelby and Hibaldstow face up to narrow defeats

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Our area cricket teams had mixed fortunes on a Saturday when most games were played but some in the Lincolnshire League fell foul of wet ground conditions after heavy rain in the previous days.

In Division 2 Keelby went down to visitors Alford 2nds. Keelby posted a score of 151, which was reasonable given the damp outfield. Alford chased that down all the way and in the end got to their target on 155 for 7. Danny Bevis hit 31 and Scott Bennett 32 in the Keelby total while Brendan Volley took 3 for 47 in their attack.

Hibaldstow were another local side to have a nail biting finish, but they lost out to Louth 2nds by just one wicket, Louth’s last pair being at the crease when they made it home.

Hibaldstow had only posted a total of 95 at London Road, Josh Cowling top scoring with 22 and Louth probably felt they were in for an easy win. The bowler friendly conditions had their say though, hence the final margin of only one wicket for the winners as Louth ended on 96 for 9. Gary Dixon took 4 for 4 for Hibaldstow and Joe Taylor claimed 3 for 18.

Brigg Town are looking as though they will be a force to reckon with in Division 4 in their first season back in the league. Against Cleethorpes 4th they rattled up 178 for six, Charlie Trembath hitting 58 and Jack Richards 34. That was far too much for Cleethorpes who were all out for 125,Baker top scoring with 59. Simon Dixon claimed 4 wickets in the Brigg attack.

Batting first in their game with East Halton, Keelby 2nds hit 132 (Sanjay Chauhan 59) before East Halton replied with just 113 to give Keelby a 19 run win. John McLellan was their main wicket taker with impressive figures of 6 for 18.

Full results

LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE(Sponsored by Readers)

SATURDAY, MAY 31

PREMIER DIVISION

Hartsholme 71 (Dixon 5-19), Alford 55 (Birkett 5-19); Alkborough 89, Barton Town 90 for four; Cherry Willingham 296 for four (W Carter 127, Shooter 74), Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 129 (J Dobson 5-36); Broughton 106, Messingham 108 for five; Haxey 92 (Redmond 6-32), Scunthorpe Town 93 for four; Caistor 150, Nettleham 152 for four.

DIVISION ONE

Holton-le-Clay 120 (Cook 5-28), Bracebridge Heath 2nds 124 four five; Scothern 199 for nine (Joe Drabble 65), Horncastle 80; Hartsholme 2nds 132 for six (Bassingthwaighte 52), Owmby 87; Haxey 2nds 55, Cleethorpes 2nds 56 for two; Outcasts v Scunthorpe Town 2nds - cancelled, wet outfield.

DIVISION TWO

Caistor 2nds 135 for five (K Parker 56 not out), Alkborough 2nds 108 (Laister 5-18); Messingham 2nds 102 for nine, Cherry Willingham 2nds 103 for six; Washingborough 166 for three, Grimsby Town 2nds 116; Keelby 151 for nine, Alford 2nds 155 for seven; Hibaldstow 95, Louth 2nds 96 for nine.

DIVISION THREE

Cleethorpes 3rds 93, Barton Town 2nds 70 (S Taylor 6-11); Old Lincolnians 52, Clee Town Laportes 55 for three; Outcasts 2nds 304 for nine (Lawson 101), Scunthorpe Town 3rds 39 (A Fletcher 6-18); Market Rasen 2nds v Normanby Park – cancelled, wet conditions.

DIVISION FOUR

Brigg Town 178 for six (Trembath 58), Cleethorpes 4ths 125 (Baker 59); Scothern 2nds 63, Broughton 2nds 64 for two; Keelby 2nds 132 (Chauhan 59) East Halton 113 (J McLellan 6-18); Morton 200 for six (Gleadell 65 not out, Cooper 51), Caistor 3rds 58; Holton-le-Clay 2nds v Old Lincolnians 2nds – cancelled, wet conditions.