Our local village teams had mixed fortunes as they all managed to get games completed at the weekend despite threatening showers.
Keelby Sports Ground hosted the local 1st team’s fixture with Messingham 2nds in Division 2, Keelby having first knock.
The batsmen managed to put together a decent score of 164 for 6 from their 45 overs.
Brendan Volley was again in good form, with a well composed 43, and he was assisted in the run scoring by Paul Eames, with 36.
Several others chipped in with scores over 20 and, although the runs came only slowly against a tight attack, Keelby’s total soon looked to be enough when Messingham went in to bat after tea.
Volley, with 3 wickets for just 6 runs from his 6 overs, was well supported by David White, who bowled a long stint of 14 overs and was rewarded with 4 wickets at a cost of just 12 runs.
The winning margin was 99 runs in an emphatic Keelby performance.
In a low scoring game at Alford, Hibaldstow also turned in an impressive performance, winning by the comprehensive margin of 73 runs.
Hibaldstow batted first and, when their first four batsmen were all back in the hutch with just 12 runs between them, the omens did not look good.
Chris Nash began the rescue act with 21 and then Joe Taylor, with 44, and Nathan Goodhall, with 30, added useful runs to take Hibaldstow to 125 all out in the 44th over.
The home side though were soon on the receiving end of some impressive Hibaldstow bowling and in 26 overs were all out for just 52.
Tom Taylor and Joe Taylor were the stars in the village attack, with 5 for 24 and 4 for 21 respectively.
South Kelsey, in Division 3, were at home at their picturesque Holton le Moor headquarters, where Outcasts 2nd team were the visitors.
Outcasts batted first and Anthony Fitzgerald held the innings together with 73 in a total of 165 for 9.
Paul Fannon took 3 for 19, Mark Fisher 3 for 67 and Neil Thompson 2 for 40 in the Kelsey attack.
Kelsey started well, as Andrew Fisher who opened led the way with 39 and Andrew Heath batting at three supported him with 26.
Neil Thompson added 17 late on, but it was not enough; South Kelsey closed on 121 as the overs ran out to leave Outcasts the winners by 44 runs.
Brigg, in Division 4, are mounting a challenge in the top half of the table and thumped Keelby 2nds by 139 runs on the impressive Brocklesby Park batting surface.
Matthew Bell is in fine form with the bat and his unbeaten 96 was the club’s best of the season.
Brigg hit 183 for 8 in their 45 overs; Jack Richards was the next highest scorer with 23.
Keelby were soon in trouble as they lost early wickers.
Gary Spenser top scored with 16 as they reached a meagre 44.
The man who did the damage was Brigg opening bowler Tom Brock who took 9 for 27 in 12.2 overs.
Brigg’s winning margin was an impressive 139 runs.