Summer Sports Reunion Cricket, June 2005 - report by Nigel Fisher

THE formidable David Willey-John Hastings double act was again to the fore as the Briggensians beat Sir John Nelthorpe School in the annual Challenge Cricket Match.
The previous year's game had seen Willey, the slow bowler, and Hastings, the safe slip-catcher, team up to tip the balance in the Old Boys' favour.
The June 2005 encounter saw a repeat performance by the evergreen duo.
Briggensians were put into bat by school skipper Joe Hebblewhite on a perfect night for cricket, with strong sun but a cooling breeze.
Perhaps it was the artificial strip, rather than traditional grass, but Briggensians did not make the best of starts, in the face of some good school catching and ground-fielding.
But a recovery was soon made. Richard Antcliffe, of Grimsby Town CC in the Lincs ECB League, made 36 before retiring to rest up for the following day's game, and Lee Fielden (Brigg Town CC) played the anchor role with 24.
Late acceleration then took Briggensians to 145 for six in their 14 eight-ball overs.
This score was going to take some beating, but tight early bowling applied pressure.
So much so that School opener, Luke McMillan, was forced into attempting a reverse sweep, only to lose his leg stump to Old Boys' skipper Nigel Fisher, now retired from club cricket after 30 years with Brigg and serving on the Scunthorpe umpires' panel.
Off-spinner Fisher retired to the outfield to rest his bad back and when ace bowler Willey replaced him, things really began to happen.
First he induced a mishit to midwicket where Tom Daniels (ex-Brigg and Appleby-Frodingham) held a sharp chance.
Then, the very next ball, he found the edge and Hastings held what, for him, was a regulation catch at slip.
Another wicket in David's next over, coupled with two suicidal run-outs, meant it was all over bar the shouting, despite Danny Dewfall's attempts to keep the scoreboard ticking along.
Fielden, still celebrating his first wicket after 10 years in senior club cricket cricket only a few weeks earlier, came on in the role of Buffet Bowler, serving up a tempting selection of full tosses, 'four balls' and wides, from which the School tail-enders could help themselves.
This allowed the School to add some respectability to the total.
Finally, however, enough was enough - and Fielden sneaked one past the bat, allowing Antcliffe to effect an easy stumping, to close proceedings on 84.
Willey finished with three for 12 and there were also good performances with the ball from Hastings, Tear and Peter Briggs (Keelby Cricket Club).
So much so The Briggensians did not need to employ their ace bowler, Carl Taylor, who plays for Appleby-Frodingham first team in the Yorkshire League.
Both teams would like to thank Briggensian Peter Douce, from Broughton, chairman of the Scunthorpe and District Umpires' Association, and Jon Taylor (parent and Hibaldstow CC all-rounder) for officiating.
In fairness to the School X1 they faced a strong Old Boys' line-up.
Several School X1 players are now just starting out in club cricket, and with another year's experience under their belts, the 2006 contest could well be a much closer encounter.
Afterwards the Briggensians' team met up at the Yarborough Hunt, in Bridge Street, Brigg, to celebrate their success over a pint or three of Tom Wood's excellent real ale, and look forward  to next June's fixture.
It's never too early to put your name down to play, and you certainly don't need to have a pedigree in club cricket.
Those interested should e-mail either of these addresses:


More Names

Ernest Smith has kindly sent an e-mail with more names of those on the October 1947 Prize Winners photograph (our Gallery Picture for Christmas 2003). You can find his comments (along with those made by other members) by clicking the "names" link when viewing that Gallery page.

Message from Helen Cresswell: An Invitation To All Briggensian Ladies

The last few years have seen a decline in participation at our annual winter and summer sports. Most teams have been bolstered by an increasing number of school players, and in fact for the first time ever all matches were won by the school. Well done School!

SO... Come on ex-pupils give us your requests - any other sports you would like to play, or participate in - Badminton, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Trampolining, an Aerobics session?

Send in your contact details e.g. E-mail, telephone etc plus what you would like to take part in and when - Evening, Sat/Sun am/pm. Then we can arrange an enjoyable time / competition.



Summer Sports


School 11

Briggensians 6

Winter Sports


School 4

Briggensians 1



School A/B 18

Briggensians 8


Remembered - Two Men of the Law, Contemporaries at Brigg Grammar School

On a special Obituaries Page we have interesting accounts of the lives of two Briggensians who passed away recently.

Sir Kenneth Jones and Chief Inspector Geoff Cook were born within a year of one another, attended the Boys' Grammar School in the 1930s and each made a notable career involving institutions of law and order.

New Briggensians' Calendar for 2004-5, New Committee

After the AGM, the new calendar of Briggensians' events and meetings from Autumn 2004 to October 2005 is now available in the Diary section. For a full list of the Committee members, visit the Contact Page.

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