CRICKET: Vital wins for Keelby, South Kelsey and Brigg

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As the Lincolnshire League Cricket season enters its final month our local sides still have valuable points to play for.

The stand out game on Saturday was a local derby in Division 2 at Keelby, where the village 1st team hosted Hibaldstow.

The visitors had first knock and posted a decent 154, being all out in 42 overs. Nobody went on to a big score apart from Adam Barker who made an impressive 58. He was best supported by Mark Nicholson with 28. Brendan Volley was the key bowler for Keelby just as on several occasions this season, as he claimed 4 wickets for 39. Gary Spencer claimed 3 for 30 and Brian Bagnall 2 for 41.

When Keelby started their reply they were confident of getting a valuable win, but knew they would have to battle. Volley was again the star turn, his 59 being the key innings as he got support from Andy Bagnall with 25. Kieran Harris and Josh Conway each picked up two wickets for Hibaldstow, but Keelby got home on 158 for 6 for their four wicket win.

In Division 3, South Kelsey made the journey to Nettleham 2nds and recorded a win by the same margin as Keelby.

The home side batted first and were dismissed for 132 in just 44.5 overs. Elliott Drinkall was the pick of the Kelsey bowlers as he took 4 for 45 and there were two wickers each for Matt Thompson and Andrew Fisher.

The South Kelsey reply owed much to Matt Thompson with 35, Elliott Drinkall with 32 and Matthew Burgess with 23. Their runs were enough to get their side home on 136 for 6 and it looks as though they will be safe enough from relegation as the final games ensue.

Brigg Town’s latest fixture confirmed them as definite promotion candidates so long as their ground issues for 2015 are up to the league’s requirements.

They play home fixtures this year at Brocklesby Park, but the league accepted that arrangement for one season only. Any redevelopment of Brigg Recreation Ground as planned will not be quick enough for the club to play there for a couple of years at least it would seem.

Brigg beat Morton by an impressive 110 runs. Brigg scored 226 with Matthew Bell hitting 26. Tom Brock was again among the wickets with 4 for 47 as Morton were all out for 116, Nick Beacock took 3 for 26. The win confirms Brigg’s position in the top two.

Keelby 2nds, also in Division 4, romped home by 8 wickets over Old Lincolnians. The latter were bowled out for a very dismal 66 with Keelby’s John Mclellan taking 6 for 41. Matthew Coolley with an unbeaten 41 was the main scorer in the Keelby reply of 70 for 2, which gave them a win by an impressive 8 wickets.