Osmond duo ready to strengthen top order
TWO big guns are ready to return as Cleethorpes 1sts bid to fire back to form tomorrow against Scarborough.
James and Rory Osmond are back to boost the Meggies' top order as the team attempts to hit back from last Saturday's heavy defeat at reigning Yorkshire League champions York.
The two Osmond brothers are expected to return to Chichester Road having recovered from troublesome injuries.
And their comeback will be welcomed with open arms – a weakened side shot out for just 83 in the seven-wicket defeat at York.
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Youngster Ian Mansfield retains his place after being one of the few batsmen to emerge with any credit.
The Meggies desperately need to buck a worrying trend that has seen the side pass 200 with the bat just once this season – particularly when they are still missing the talents of Alex Osmond, which has robbed their bowling attack of a vital ingredient.
Cleethorpes 2nds travel to Alkborough without strike bowler John Zielinski, who is unavailable.
Skipper Andy Haith's brutal 69 and David Mansfield's battling 42 were the positives in last weekend's Lincolnshire County Cricket League defeat at home to Cherry Willingham.
Paul Hewstones takes over at wicketkeeper.
Cleethorpes 4ths take on Alford 2nds at Brocklesby Park.
On Sunday, both North and East Lindsey sides are in action, at Alkborough and Hainton respectively.
Sunday also sees Lincolnshire entertain Norfolk at Cleethorpes' Chichester Road headquarters in a three-day Minor Counties fixture.
Play begins at 11am, weather permitting.
First-XI: Scarborough, home, tomorrow. Report to club at 11am for noon start: J Osmond (capt), B Kirby, R Osmond, C Tomlinson, P Sunley, G Hume, H Clewett, I Mansfield, J Mansfield (wkt), F Lumby, A Ellis. Scorer: G Hackney.
Second-XI: Alkborough, away, tomorrow. Report to club at 11am for 1pm start: A Haith (capt/wkt), C Robinson, D Mansfield, B Marris, Shu Yao, S Harvey, P Hewstone (wkt), M Chamberlain, P Hutchinson, R Woodward, M Owen. Scorer: B Peacock.
Fourth-XI: Alford 2nds, home, Brocklesby Park, tomorrow. Report to club at 11.45am for 1.30pm start: K Blewitt (capt/wkt), J Todd, R Holberry, R Pearson, E Lumby, S Hilton, R Cowlam, H Tasker, L Markham, K Hall, C Carter. Scorer: M Lewis.
North Lindsey League XI: Away, Sunday. Report to club at noon for 2pm start: B Marris (capt/wkt), C Brown, M Owen, L Dickens, M Chamberlain, R Woodward, S Hilton, L Markham, S Taylor, R Cowlam, K Richardson. Scorer: TBC.
Academy XI: Hainton, away, Sunday. Report to club at noon for 2pm start: S Harvey (capt), Shu Yao, C Robinson, J Mansfield (wkt), I Mansfield, D Mansfield, R Holberry, E Lumby, K Hall, J Cook, A Severn. Scorer: M Lewis.