Cleethorpes Cricket Club
Cleethorpes Cricket Club, desperate for points in their efforts to avoid relegation from the 4 Probate & Wills ECB Yorkshire South Premier League, suffered a set back prior to their final three games of the season.
They had made two changes to their line-up for Saturdays encounter with 5th placed Sheffield Collegiate with Ian Mansfield, who has recently re-joined the club, coming into the side along with a re-called Ben Rogers at the expense of Harry Costello and Max Taylor. After these changes had been announced their Captain, James Osmond, had to withdraw from the team due to a thigh strain. It is expected that Jack Holmes will be called back into the side as a replacement for the injured Cleethorpes skipper.
At a time when its all hands to the pumps if Cleethorpes are to have any chance of retaining their ECB League status, their overseas player Basheeru Walters has informed them he may have to return to South Africa next week which could seriously hit their survival hopes.
Saturdays opponents Sheffield Collegiate have had a fine season in contrast to that of the Meggies. Until last week they were seriously challenging for the league title and still have a remote chance of catching leaders Doncaster Town. They have also reached the National Final of the Vitality t20 Competition after beating last years winners Hanging Heaton in the Area Final last Sunday.
Their strong batting line up is sure to pose problems for the Meggies attack as was shown when the two sides came up against each other at Chichester Road in June. The Collegiate side had rattled up 195 for the loss of just two wickets before rain caused the game to be abandoned.
The hopes of Cleethorpes mounting a serious challenge must rest on the shoulders of Louis Kimber. The Cleethorpes Club will be hoping he still has some runs left in his locker after his record breaking innings of 246 for Lincolnshire in their latest County fixture.