CRICKET: Brigg Town accepted back in Lincolnshire Cricket League after Brocklesby Park deal

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Market Rasen Cricket Club’s elevation to the Lincs ECB League for the 2014 season is the big cricket story post the end of the 2013 season, but when the Lincolnshire Cricket League met for their autumn meeting at Rase Park there were a number of other issues to address concerning our local clubs.

Brigg Town has been facing a crisis and fears were that it might have to fold. The league on the north bank of the Humber based in the Hull area that the club has been playing in for several recent seasons has been reorganised geographically, leaving Brigg Town to seek a new competition.

Brigg were thrown out of the Lincolnshire League several seasons ago when it was deemed that the pitch and ground facilities at Brigg Recreation Ground were below the standard required.

However, Brigg has met recently with Brocklesby Park and sought to play its 2014 fixtures at the ground if they were accepted back into the Lincolnshire League.

The Rasen Mail understood that Brocklesby’s pitch and ground facilities were up to scratch but the pavilion was not.

Member clubs however reportedly voted unanimously to accept Brigg Town, playing at Brocklesby Park for one season only.

Brigg and Brocklesby player Nick Beacock had pleaded to Lincs League member clubs to accept them in on the promise that they would try to find a longer term solution for 2015 and beyond.

Brigg will therefore play in Division 4 of the Lincolnshire League. Meanwhile Brocklesby Park will continue to play in the East Lindsey League as they have done for more than 10 seasons, playing home games on Sundays and thereby avoiding any likely clash with Brigg Town’s home games.

It is understood that Caistor Cricket Club 3rd team will also play in Division 4.