Barton miss out on full haul amid close title chase
MID-table Cleethorpes 2nds lost by five wickets at title-chasing Scunthorpe Town in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division on Saturday.
Scunthorpe are among the five closely grouped teams still in with a chance of winning the championship.
The others being Nettleham, Barton Town, Alford and Caistor.
Alford slipped to a 46-run defeat in a low-scoring game at Cherry Willingham.
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Barton overcame Messingham by five wickets but failed to secure maximum points.
Nettleham bowled South Kelsey out for only 60 on their way to a five-wicket success which added to the Wolds villagers' concerns over relegation.
In division one, leaders Market Rasen won by four wickets against Appleby-Frodingham 2nds, mid-table Holton-le-Clay lost by 32 runs to Bracebridge Heath 2nds, who are in the hunt for promotion, while Louth 2nds distanced themselves from the drop zone with an important five-wicket success at Outcasts.
In division two, there was disappointment for promotion hopefuls Keelby.
They lost at home to lowly Washingborough, whose success sent Grimsby Town 2nds, who were without a fixture, to the foot of the table. Caistor 2nds completed their season with a home defeat at the hands of leaders Scunthorpe Town 2nds.
In division three, Grimsby team Laportes kept alive hopes of a late promotion push.
They secured a convincing six-wicket victory at Broughton 2nds.
But Alford 2nds lost at home to Haxey 2nds.
While bottom side Clee 4ths missed out by 11 runs to Outcasts 2nds.
In division four, Market Rasen 2nds secured the championship with a home win over Hykeham.
Keelby 2nds were beaten by bottom side Scothern 2nds.
Immingham Blossom Way remain in the re-election zone after losing at Holton-le-Clay 2nds.
Caistor 3rds had one of the day's most emphatic triumphs.
They played well to see off Scunthorpe Town 3rds by 115 runs.
LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE RESULTS
Premier Division: Broughton 110, Alkborough 110 – tied; Messingham 174 for six (McDougall 60 not out), Barton Town 175 for five (Barker 57, McDermott 51); Cherry Willingham 103 (Crowe 6-14), Alford 57 (W Carter 8-23); Cleethorpes 2nds 177 (Hayre 66, R Chand 5-20), Scunthorpe Town 178 for five (Snowden 64); South Kelsey 60 (Grobbelaar 8-16), Nettleham 61 for five.
Division One: Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 153 for nine (Rutherford 5-50), Market Rasen 157 for six (Scales 56, G Fussey 51); Bracebridge Heath 2nds 222 for two (Fraser-Cattanach 101 not out), Holton-le-Clay 190 for nine; Outcasts 170 for seven (Buttrick 58, Sharpe 50 not out), Louth 2nds 173 for five.
Division Two: Scunthorpe Town 2nds 144, Caistor 2nds 108 for nine; Keelby 139 for eight (M Bevis 52), Washingborough 143 for one (Willey 61 not out); Messingham 2nds 141 for seven (I Dawson 79), Alkborough 2nds 142 for eight; Nettleham 2nds 120, Hartsholme 2nds 122 for seven.
Division Three: Alford 2nds 140, Haxey 2nds 141 for six; Broughton 2nds 73 (Palli 5-32) Laportes 74 for four; Outcasts 2nds 157 for eight, Cleethorpes 4ths 146 for nine (R Cowlam 55. Fitzgerald 5-27).
Division Four: Immingham Blossom Way 141 for nine, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 143 for five; Market Rasen 2nds 146 for nine, Hykeham 125; Scothern 2nds 119, Keelby 2nds 109; Caistor 3rds 210 for seven (D Gowshall 72, A Hodder 6-66), Scunthorpe Town 3rds 95 (E Allison 6-41).