CAISTOR Cricket Club 1st team climbed to the top of the Lincolnshire Premier League table by winning comfortably at Alkborough, but dropped vital points by failing to bowl out their hosts.
Batting first, Alkborough posted 157 for seven, with Brocklebank dominating the innings with a powerful 89 not out.
There were no problems with the bat though for the visitors and this time it was Harry Boulton and Dominic Bishop who both hit half-centuries as Caistor replied with 158 for one and an impressive 9 wicket win.
In the same division, South Kelsey remain in relegation trouble after failing to take any points from a 9-wicket home defeat against title-chasing Scunthorpe Town, one of Caistor’s rivals.
Six South Kelsey regulars were missing through holidays, a fact which didn’t help on a very hot and humid afternoon at Holton-le-Moor.
However, the home side’s collapse led to one of the shortest games in the league this season - South Kelsey’s 66 gave them little chance, and so it proved, with Scunthorpe Town replying with 69 for one.
In Division Two, Keelby’s hopes of promotion stay alive, but securing the championship now looks much more difficult after they lost by six wickets away to leaders Scunthorpe Town 2nds.
Also in division two, there was the tonic of a 60-run home win for lowly Caistor 2nds against Messingham 2nds at Brigg Road. Caistor 2nds posted 168 for eight, Messingham 2nds replying with an all out total that was sixty runs short at 108.
Owmby were well beaten by Hartsholme 2nds in a very high scoring game in Lincoln.
Hartsholme 2nds hit 242 for five and Owmby 183 for five in reply.
In Division Three, Hibaldstow got back on track, winning at Broughton 2nds by 7 wickets.
Broughton 2nds hit 194 for seven and Hibaldstow responded with 198 for three (Barker 62 not out).
In Division Four, Keelby 2nds had a massive win against Scunthorpe Town 3rds.
Keelby hit 207 for five and then cleaned up Scunthorpe Town 3rds for 65.