Battling South Kelsey face the drop after final day defeat
SOUTH Kelsey are facing a return to Division One after defeat in their final game of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division season.
Kelsey lost to Alkborough at West Halton Lane. Atiq Ullah managed a half-century for Kelsey, and John Baty 31, in their all-out 189.
But their hosts won with three wickets to spare, Lee Brocklebank making 37 and Callum Render 34.
The best bowling figures in the game came from Kelsey's Marcus Meadows, with three for 39.
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Meanwhile, all-rounder Ramesh Chand applied his considerable experience to ensure that Scunthorpe Town did not fall at the final hurdle and successfully secured the title.
This achievement makes the Heslam Park men eligible for promotion to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League for 2013.
However, as is the case at the end of every season, that will depend on an invitation being extended to the Lincs League winners to join and a vote by clubs at the ECB competition's annual meeting next month.
Scunthorpe overcame lowly Broughton in their final game to seal the title.
In Division One, two solid half-centuries helped ensure Bracebridge Heath 2nds put themselves in line for a return to the top flight after only one season in division one.
They won by 70 runs when hosting bottom side Cleethorpes 3rds, securing the full 20 points on offer.
The Bracebridge half-centuries came from Andy McDowall (65 not out) and captain Carl Stubbs (61) in a team total of 219 for six.
For the visiting Meggies, slow bowlers Andy Severn, Dean Cressey and Stuart Harvey all managed two wickets.
In a repeat of the previous week's match, opener David Mansfield batted well for Cleethorpes, but lacked support.
He scored 45, but the visitors were dismissed for 149 with two overs remaining in the innings, Cameron Hall claiming four for 40 and Josh Lee three for 30.
The impressive batting surface at the Brumby Hall ground in Scunthorpe was enjoyed by Appleby-Frodingham 2nds and Louth 2nds in their final outing of the season.
The Scunthorpe Steelmen secured victory by 38 runs.
They posted 236 for six from 45 overs, Jack Harrison scoring 72, Simon Wild 48 and Mo Ayub 47 not out.
Tom Sanders, who opened the bowling for Louth, finished with three for 41. The visitors responded with 188 for six.
In keeping with the game between App-Frod and Louth, there was nothing at stake but pride when Holton-le-Clay won by six wickets when entertaining Horncastle at Tetney Lane on the final Saturday of the season.
Peter Jackson's 27 was the best for Horncastle in their all-out 119, openers Mick Hanson and Luke Ford both taking three wickets.
A fine fifth-wicket partnership between Danny Barker (38 not out) and Ian Hallam (31 not out) saw Holton home inside 30 overs.
Horncastle's Phil Roberts returned the game's best figures of four for 37 from 11 overs.
Kelsey were dismissed for 109, in which the best effort was 39 from opener Andy Stockdale.
Best bowler for Alford proved to be Mike Honman (four for seven), while Kelsey's Adam King managed three for 24.
In Division Two, Jimmy Snee's five for 49 haul was key to Messingham 2nds winning by 20 runs at Keelby and securing the second promotion spot.
Messingham's 160 for seven included 38 from skipper Paul Rocks, as Gary Spencer took three for 52.
Gary then opened the Keelby innings and scored 48, but Sanjay Chauhan's 42 was the only other double-figure contribution as the home team was dismissed for 140.
Snee was assisted in his bowling efforts by John West, who took three for 35 and also had a hand in one of the run-outs suffered by Keelby.
Grimsby Town 2nds brought back memories of Harry Houdini, rather than Harry the Haddock, as they landed sufficient points from their match with Nettleham 2nds to climb out of the relegation zone and send Caistor 2nds down to division three.
Town's version of the Great Escape was made possible by four batting bowling points gained for scoring 188 for eight and a solitary bowling bonus secured as Nettleham won the game with 192 for three inside 41 overs.
Brendan Volley led the way with 93 for Town and there was a useful 30 not out from Bailey Mawer, as James Pickering claimed four for 55.
Nettleham's chief contributors after tea were Simon Grocott (66) and Chris Smith (55 not out), Grimsby's Joe Baker taking three for 26.
Champions Scunthorpe Town hosted Owmby who, depending on results elsewhere, knew that a victory might make it possible for them to gain promotion as runners-up.
However, it was Scunthorpe who secured the win – agonisingly for Owmby, by the very narrow margin of a single run.
Scunthorpe were bowled out for 167 from the penultimate delivery of the innings, openers Neil Patrick and Dylan Hopkins both scoring 37 and Sam Atkin claiming six for 50 for the visitors.
In a desperately close finish, Owmby responded with 166 for nine, Ciaron Deegan scoring 42 and the last pair, James Hanson and Rob Bain, 24 not out and 12 not out respectively.
Josh Pashley did best with the ball for Town, taking three for 28 in 15 overs.
In Division Three, Matty Owen took three for 16 as relegated Cleethorpes 4ths ended what has been a difficult season with a five-wicket home win over high-flying Hibaldstow.
The visiting villagers were shot out for only 65 - the surprise score of the day.
Another late-season century by Alford 2nds' captain Mark Irving was the highlight of a 99-run home win over South Kelsey 2nds, who will be playing in the basement section next season.
Irving made his Mark with 10 boundaries in an undefeated 107, with another experienced campaigner, Neil Calvert, adding 40 in a team effort of 208 for six.
Highly-placed Haxey 2nds won by four wickets at Cherry Willingham 2nds against another side that has enjoyed a successful summer.
In Cherry's 158 for nine, James Gray scored 39 and Jamie Burnett 36, as Ethan Tonks and Andy Steeper both bagged four wickets.
Mark Metcalfe then hit 45 as Haxey won with more than five overs to spare, despite Keith Whiteley taking three for 56.
A record was smashed in Division Four on the final Saturday of the season during Hykeham's crushing home win over Keelby 2nds.
Kieran O'Sullivan became the first batsman ever to record a double century in the basement section, scoring exactly 200.
But Hykeham's team total of 314 for six, from 45 overs, was 22 runs short of the record in division four.
Keelby's Paul Parker finally bowled Kieran on his way to taking three for 58.
But the Hykeham all-rounder then added an impressive four for four with the ball, as Keelby were dismissed for 88, of which opener Andy Sharp contributed 33.
Kieran is now well in the running for the coveted league trophy – decided by a vote of member clubs during the close season – which is awarded for the best all-round performance in a match across the five divisions.
Scothern 2nds and Immingham Blossom Way both lost their final fixtures and face the prospect of applying for re-election at the league's annual meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at Rase Park, Market Rasen.
Bowled out for 157, Scothern ended their first season since joining the Lincs League with a two-wicket defeat at home to Caistor 3rds.
Bottom side Immingham visited Gainsborough to take on Morton and were dismissed for 102, which the home side overtook for the loss of only four wickets.