Haxey take crown as Grimsby lose
HAXEY clinched the league championship on a penultimate weekend of the season that saw Grimsby Town CC taste defeat.
In Town's mid-table game at Lindum, three batsmen hit 53 – Alex Hornsby for the home side and Neal Snell and Harry Warwick, pictured, for Grimsby, who lost by 16 runs thanks to five wickets from Guyan de Silva.
Chasing 184 to win, Grimsby reached 165 for five but lost their last five wickets for the addition of only two runs.
Bracebridge Heath moved into second but are 20 behind Haxey.
The two meet in the final game of the season but if points are level at the close, Haxey take the title with the highest number of wins.
Nottinghamshire's Andy Carter took four wickets in Bracebridge's game against Louth, who denied their opponents maximum points, finishing 200 for nine.
At Woodhall, Ricky Lovelace made 71 of his side's total of 163 and Ben O'Brien took six Haxey wickets, but Graeme Attenborough's 67 helped his side to victory to seal the title.
Only three Skegness batsmen made double figures at London Road as the final wicket fell on 134. Sleaford then reached their target for the loss of only two wickets, Garry Park with an unbeaten 61.
The bottom two places were also decided, with Market Deeping and Boston now unable to catch the sides above them.
Deeping went down to Hartsholme by four wickets while Boston lost a high scoring game at Bourne by 22 runs.