CRICKET: Two teams down but village sides start Lincolnshire League season with a flurry of wins

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There may have been a chill wind from the north east and only fitful sunshine but the cricket programme in the Lincolnshire League began on time at the weekend, though the fixture list was a little short of being a full one.

It’s sad to report that the new season began with two of our local village sides having left the Lincolnshire League during the close season. South Kelsey’s demise was reported on last autumn as at an emergency AGM it was decided that the club could not continue at the attractive rural former Lysaghts ground near Holton le Moor level crossing.

Owmby have been under threat at Todmoor for a couple of years and once the golf course disappeared there were doubts about the cricket continuing. It is understood the club will not play in the Lincolnshire league where they had been in Division 3 last season, but they hope to continue to play at lower levels away from Todmoor which is being redeveloped as building land.

In Division 2 Keelby easily defeated Cleethorpes 2nds. Batting first Keelby hit an impressive 217 for six. Andy Bagnall with 52 and Paul Eames with 87 were top scorers but well supported by Jamie Charlton with 29. Cleethorpes 3rds replied with 165 for eight, Chamberlain top scoring with 72. Eames completed an excellent all round match taking 3 for 31 off 14 overs.

Promoted Brigg Town started the season in Division 3 with a two wicket win over Morton.

Morton batted first but were all out for a paltry 54. Brigg’s bowlers posted impressive figures. John Danson took 3 wickets for a mere 4 runs, Nick Beacock 3 for 18, and Tom Brock 3 for 20.

Brigg Town struggled with their reply but in the end, after wickets continued to clatter, reached their target at 55 for eight for their win.

Also in Division 3, Hibaldstow won impressively defeating Holton le Clay 2nds by four wickets in a high scoring game.

Holton-le-Clay 2nds hit 193 (Barlow 89). Carl Nazareth was the pick of the Hibaldstow bowlers with 4 for 34 while Tom Taylor and Joe Taylor took two wickets each. Undaunted by the big score needed Hibaldstow battled hard to get back in the game and finally reached their target on 194 for six (Lee Robinson 63, Nathan Goodhall 37).

This Saturday’s fixtures: Caistor 2nd v Appleby Frodingham 2nd, Messingham 2nd v Keelby 1st, Brigg Town v Barton Town 2nd, Caistor 3rd v Keelby 2nd.