Agony for Alford as rivals bag Lincolnshire County Cricket League title
ALFORD were pipped at the post for the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division championship during the final weekend of the season.
Scunthorpe Town took the title by winning their game in hand on Saturday, which was away to lowly Broughton.
Already faced with the threat of relegation, South Kelsey lost by three wickets to Alkborough.
In Division One, Cleethorpes 3rds were relegated as the bottom team after defeat at Bracebridge Heath, who secured the title at the expense of runners-up Market Rasen.
In Division Two, Keelby's promotion hopes disappeared when they lost at home to Messingham 2nds by 20 runs.
But Grimsby Town 2nds avoided relegation by taking five bonus points from a seven-wicket defeat against Nettleham 2nds, which means Caistor 2nds go down instead.
In Division Three, relegated Cleethorpes 4ths enjoyed a five-wicket win over high-flying Hibaldstow. South Kelsey 2nds were relegated.
In Division Four, Immingham Blossom Way ended the season in the re-election zone after losing by six wickets to Morton.
They are joined by Scothern 2nds, who lost at home to Caistor 3rds.
Keelby 2nds' final game saw them concede a huge 314 runs during their defeat at Hykeham.
Premier Division: South Kelsey 189, Alkborough 190 for seven; Scunthorpe Town 248 for three, Broughton 192 for eight.
Division One: Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 236 for six, Louth 2nds 188 for six; Bracebridge Heath 2nds 219 for six, Cleethorpes 3rds 149; Horncastle 119, Holton-le-Clay 120 for four.
Division Two: Messingham 2nds 160 for seven, Keelby 140; Grimsby Town 2nds 188 for eight, Nettleham 2nds 192 for three; Scunthorpe Town 2nds 167, Owmby 166 for nine.
Division Three: Alford 2nds 208 for six, South Kelsey 2nds 108; Cherry Willingham 2nds 158 for nine, Haxey 2nds 160 for six; Hibaldstow 65, Cleethorpes 4ths 66 for five.
Division Four: Hykeham 314 for six, Keelby 2nds 88; Scothern 2nds 157, Caistor 3rds 158 for eight; Immingham Blossom Way 102, Morton 104 for four.