Sunday, 20 April 2014


Brigg Town played their first game yesterday since rejoining the Lincolnshire County Cricket League. And the division four match at Broughton 2nds ended in a tie.

Phil Glentworth, left, and Dave "Geordie" Rudd who opened the batting for Broughton 2nds against Brigg. Skipper Dave top scored with 36 in his side's innings.


Overseas player Rhett Bridgens in action for Nettleham at home to Haxey in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League premier division. He finished with one  for 20 off ten overs, including four maidens. PICTURE BY NIGEL WEST. 



One century, a six wicket haul and an innings that topped 300 were the highlights of the opening day of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League programme.
Spalding’s Warren Nel hit the lone century, an unbeaten 116 in a tight game against Market Deeping, Matt Carter continued where he left off last season with six wickets for Bracebridge Heath and Bourne unveiled a strong batting line-up that made 303 for eight off 50 overs.
The closest game of the day came at Lindum where Sleaford – notorious for their disastrous early-season starts – were the visitors.
Put into bat, the champions struggled to build any sizeable partnerships despite skipper Oliver Burford’s 44 and 31 from Kurt Colyn.  The final wicket fell on 196 in the penultimate over with Jon Miller and Luke Robinson each taking three wickets.
The home side had similar problems until, at 66 for four, Robinson was joined by Tom Lindsay in a stand of 64 which turned the game Lindum’s way.
But Tim McIntosh, who had earlier been dismissed for nine, broke the partnership and went on to take two more wickets and with eight down, Lindum still needed 46 for victory. 
The lower order chipped away at the total but with 183 on the board, McIntosh took his fourth wicket to give Sleaford a 13 run win.
Nel’s ton contributed to the highest scoring game of the day at Spalding where over 500 runs came.  Batting first, Spalding notched up 258 for eight, Josh Newton contributing 58 in a second wicket partnership of 118 with Nel.
Market Deeping’s reply also started well, Chris Jones and Jamie Morgan putting on 99 for the first wicket.  Both fell on this score but Alex Wheatley built on the good start, ably assisted by Lee Peacock and Tom Andrews.
Two wickets for Charlie Kearns gave Spalding hope of an outright win but Deeping continued to narrow the gap until the overs ran out with the score just 14 short of the target, Wheatley finishing unbeaten on 65.
Market Rasen suffered a setback before their season even started when three players were involved in a collision on the way to Jubilee Park.  Fortunately there were no injuries but the league newcomers then ran into the talents of all-rounder Ben O’Brien who took five for 46 as Rasen were all out for 116, Sebastian Darke top scoring with 31.
Woodhall’s first wicket fell on 74 and it was O’Brien who took his side to an eight wicket victory with an unbeaten 25.
Brett Houston hit 80 and Hymie Bentley 45 to lift Bracebridge Heath from 40 for two to 138 against Skegness.  Chasing a final score of 249 for nine, Skegness lost two early wickets to Cameron Hall but it was the introduction of Carter to the attack that was the undoing of Skegness.
After Sean Chamberlain had hit 43, Carter’s six wickets reduced the visitors from 90 for four to 132 all out.
At Louth, Laurence Scott almost made it two centuries on the first day but had to be content with 98.  Scott held the Louth innings together after the first three wickets went for 18 runs, Danny Cliffe claiming two victims.  Assisted by the middle order, Scott batted on to take his side to 227, the final wicket falling on the last ball.
Grimsby got off to a better start despite losing a wicket on seven, Cerri James making 31 and Maninder Singh batting steadily.  Daniel Mawer contributed 25 but three quick wickets for Arran Brindle put the visitors on the back foot.  However, the lower order hung on to support Singh who finished unbeaten on 64 as Grimsby claimed valuable extra points on 161 for nine.
Three half centuries contributed to Bourne’s 303 for eight at newcomers Billingborough.  Pete Morgan hit 83, Stuart Airey 59, Carl Wilson 53 and Conrad Louth while Billingborough got off a reasonable start, reaching 55 for one.  From here, the home side were unable to build any sizeable partnerships and the final wicket fell on 162.

Sleaford 196, Lindum 183 (Robinson 51);
Market Rasen 116 (O’Brien 5-46), Woodhall Spa 119-2;
Bracebridge Heath 249-9 (Houston 80), Skegness 132 (M Carter 6-39);
Bourne 303-8 (Morgan 83, Airey 59, Wilson 53), Billingborough 162;
Spalding 258-8 (Nel 116no, Newton 58), Market Deeping 244-7 (Jones 53, Wheatley 65no);

Louth 227 (Scott 98), Grimsby 161-9 (Singh 64no).

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Oliver Tonks on his way to 21 from 28 balls for Haxey at Nettleham's Mulsanne Park in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League premier division today (Saturday, April 19, 2014). Haxey made 149 all out off 42.4 overs. ACTION PICTURE TAKEN BY NIGEL WEST.  View more of his pictures at



Cleethorpes Cricket Club can confirm that the Lashings All Stars XI will play a fixture against the Yorkshire League club this season.
After months of negotiations the Club's Executive committee voted unanimously to invite the star studied club to their Chichester Road ground for a match that will take place on
Wednesday 30th July 2014 and will be one of Lincolnshire sport's greatest ever events.
Lashings officials visited the ground for a meeting recently and were delighted at what they saw and the vision given to them for the day by the club's newly formed Lashings Committee.
Lashings, likened to the famous basketball side the Harlem Globetrotters, will guarantee to bring at least 11 international cricketers to the fixture with the likes of Courtney Walsh and Gordon Greenidge being regulars. (More names to follow once confirmed)
Club chairman Andy Haith said: “We are delighted to make this announcement. It promises to be a magnificent day and I know every member is looking forward to welcoming such cricketing greats to our ground and facilities. In a contract between ourselves and Lashings it is guaranteed that 11 past and present international cricketers will play.”
Cricket Chairman Paul Hewstone added “ It takes a lot of hard work by a lot of people to be able to  hold such a prestigious event and just shows why we are recognized as the Premier Cricket Club in the area, I am sure this will be a fantastic occasion not just for the club but for the whole area “ 
The club will now be on the lookout for main sponsors for the day as well as selling corporate tickets for the event where guests will get the opportunity to eat with the players and officials of Lashings prior to the afternoon match and bid for some highly unusual sporting memorabilia.
Mr Haith added: “It is a going to be a huge effort from all involved and I will urge any cricket lovers to make sure they book the date in their diaries to ensure they don't miss out.”
Corporate Packages currently available as follows:-
  • Table of Ten with All Star Lashings Player - £500.00 + Vat  (Table of Ten)
  • Table of Ten without Player - £400.00 + Vat (Table of Ten)
  • Individual Corporate Places -  £40.00 +   Vat

For Further information please contact : - Dean Cressey/David Osmond (Event Organisers)


Outcasts Cricket Club is hoping to attract new " young blood " and with that in mind has sent out the above flyer to local schools, etc.  We would also like to ask if anyone fancies some voluntary work in assisting our groundsman Sean McAnaney.


Market Deeping 2nd got their South Lincolnshire & Border League Division One campaign off to a good start with a 20 point win over Spalding 2nd, thanks in part to one of their talented junior batsmen.
At 15, Sam Malton was the mainstay of the Deeping innings, putting on 101 for the second wicket with John McDougall - who top-scored with 77 - and 94 for the third with Richard Witt (38).  Malton finished unbeaten on 76 as the home side posted 219 for five, Tom Dale taking three wickets for Spalding who struggled for runs.
Simon Juckes hit the highest total with 24 as the visitors were all out for 128, Jackson Andrews with pick of the bowling with three for 16 off 10 overs.
The full SLBL programme gets under way on Saturday with the pick of the Premier Division matches taking place at the Mayflower Ground where title contenders Boston take on newly promoted Long Sutton who won Division One at their first attempt.
Tom Baxter continues as Boston captain and Matt Bull once again takes the helm at Long Sutton for what could be a tight game.
Grantham have made their intentions clear with the appointment of Mark Fell as player/manager – they are aiming for top spot and promotion to ECB League cricket.  Fell has brought in Vikram Atri and David Whapplington from Bracebridge Heath and former Lincolnshire bowler Simon Oakes is expected to return to the side.  Welby, who narrowly avoided relegation in 2013, are the visitors to Gorse Lane.
Bourne 2nd will be looking to build on last season’s good performances - which saw them finish runners-up in the division - when they take on Moulton Harrox at Abbey Lawn.  Moulton were also in the relegation zone, finishing on the same points as Belton Park who are home to Woodhall Spa 2nd while Sleaford 2nd entertain Lindum Ramblers.
Just two games are scheduled in Division One – newly promoted Long Sutton 2nd take on Grantham 2nd, also new to the division after league clubs agreed to move them up to accommodate Grantham 3rd.  And Spalding 2nd are in action once again, at home to Heckington.
Division Three matches will begin on April 26th.

Fixtures – 1pm start
Premier Division
Belton Park v Woodhall Spa 2nd
Boston v Long Sutton
Bourne 2nd v Moulton Harrox
Grantham v Welby
Sleaford 2nd v Lindum Ramblers.
Division One
Long Sutton 2nd v Grantham 2nd

Spalding 2nd v Heckington