Keelby Cricket Club made the short trip to Augusta Street to play Grimsby Town 2nd Xl in Division 2 of the Lincolnshire League.
They had a far easier encounter than might have been expected and won by 8 wickets.
Grimsby won the toss and opted to bat and it was not long before home wickets were soon tumbling to the Keelby opening attack of David White and Adam Parker.
With the score on 46 for 5, the question being asked was whether the home side would reach three figures. They failed to do so and closed on 87 all out after 39 overs and one ball.
After White had claimed two early wickets and Parker and Liam Skipworth one each, Paul Eames joined the Keelby attack and from just four overs and one ball claimed four wickets at the cost of just 14 runs.
Keelby lost Danny Bevis and Brendan Volley cheaply, but Sean Campbell dug in and was the anchor in the Keelby innings, scoring an unbeaten 45. With help from Andy Bagnall, 29 not out, they saw Keelby through to their target on 89 with only two wickets going down. The final margin therefore was an impressive 8 wickets for the Keelby win.
Hibaldstow travelled to play Washingborough and when skipper Adam Barker won the toss and elected to bowl he had sensed there would be something in the pitch for his bowlers.
It was not to work out that way however as the home side rattled up 189 in their 45 overs for the loss of just 4 wickets. Three of those wickets fell to Mark Nicholson with Nick Shepherdson getting the other.
Hibaldstow lost Nicholson for 20 and then Jon Taylor for 4 runs, and though Mel Oades with 18, Chris Nash with 26 and Adam Barker with 15 all got some runs, no-one was able to put together the big score needed and Hibaldstow were all out for 124 which meant a convincing defeat by 65 runs.
Brigg Town were at home at Brocklesby Park against Scothern 2nd XL and recorded their second successive win of the season by 5 wickets.
Scothern were all out for 120 with Phil Dewfall taking 3 for 38 and John Danson and Dave Baggott taking two wickets each.
Brigg’s reply was given a decent start by opener Gary Smith who hit 32. Others chipped in and eventually after 34 overs Brigg got home on 123 for 5 for their win.
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE
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SATURDAY, MAY 3
Alford 168 for nine, Cherry Willingham 169 for nine; Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 125, Alkborough 128 for six; Caistor 121, Messingham 123 for two (Antcliffe 50 not out); Haxey 73, Hartsholme 75 for no wicket; Barton Town 149 (Bridgens 6-44), Nettleham 150 for nine (Dalton 81); Scunthorpe Town 104, Broughton 105 or six.
Holton-le-Clay 121 (G Skelton 6-45), Haxey 2nds 48 (Portus 8-15);
Bracebridge Heath 2nds 246 for eight (Fraser-Cattanach 76, Wright 59, H Smith 5-82), Horncastle 60 (McGlade 5-29); Outcasts 256 for seven (Hoare 104 not out, Tait 101, Bunn 5-49), Hartsholme 2nds 100; Scunthorpe Town 2nds 92 (Johnson 5-30), Scothern 93 for three.
Alford 2nds 72, Cherry Willingham 2nds 76 for seven; Grimsby Town 2nds 87, Keelby 89 for two; Alkborough 2nds 111 (P Burrell 7-20), Louth 2nds 113 for one (Wright 75 not out);
Messingham 2nds 270 for six (McDougall 102 not out, I Dawson 51), Caistor 2nds 157; Washingborough 189 for four, Hibaldstow 124.
Nettleham 2nds 205 for six (Brown 99), Barton Town 2nds 152 (Kipling 76, C Dobbs 5-38); Outcasts 2nds 180, Cleethorpes 3rds 156 (N Judah 69 not out, Whiteley 5-50); Market Rasen 2nds 180 for eight (Stephenson 59), South Kelsey 120; Old Lincolnians 152 (Walukiewicz 71, D Dunning 5-29), Normanby Park 95 (R Chester 6-42); Clee Town Laportes 133, Scunthorpe Town 3rds 134 four six (Hernon 51 not out).
Scothern 2nds 120, Brigg Town 123 for five; Keelby 2nds 93 (Hillyard 6-32), Broughton 2nds 94 for nine; East Halton 158 for eight, Morton 93 (Lond 5-17); Holton-le-Clay 2nds 214 for nine (S Ford 57), Caistor 3rds 148 for eight; Cleethorpes 4ths 165 for nine (Dickens 52), Old Lincolnians 2nds 112 for eight (Cressey 7-16).