CRICKET: Mixed fortunes for village sides in Lincolnshire League as season ends

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With the last games of the cricket season now complete and the final tables to analyse, our village teams in the lower divisions of the Lincolnshire League have clearly had mixed fortunes in 2014.

Keelby finished third in Division 2 behind Louth 2nds and Caistor 2nds. There was a large gap though after the two promotion slots, Keelby ending the season 37 points behind Caistor.

They went down to a four wicket defeat to Cherry Willingham 2nds in their final game. Cherry could only post 150 for 9 from their 45 overs, having been put in by their hosts.

Gary Spencer held the innings together with 54 not out, being helped in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership by 17 from Danny Bevis.

Cherry Willingham were not fluent in their chase but got to their target in the end on 155 for the loss of 6 wickets. Paul Eames took 3 wickets and Gary Spencer two in the Keelby attack.

Hibaldstow were relegated from Division 3 after losing their final match to Alford 2nd Xl. Alford were all out for 136 after a good effort by Hibaldstow in the field. Garry Dixon was the star man in the village attack with 6 for 24 from his twelve overs.

It looked a reasonable target for Hibaldstow, but nobody could have predicted their tame collapse to 67 all out, with McGilloway taking 5 for 21 for Alford. Only Joe Taylor with 25 offered much resistance in the Hibaldstow order.

As a result Alford went above Hibaldstow by a solitary point to preserve their Division 2 status.

Brigg Town finished second in Division 4 on their return to the Lincolnshire League. They will not be moved up however as things stand, as only one team is scheduled to get promoted.

After a very positive season they ended on a frustrating note, going down to Keelby 2nds by 3 wickets. Brigg batted poorly and were all out for a paltry 60, clearly not enough. Simon Dixon with 20 top scored for Brigg and he was assisted by Paul Neal with 14 from number nine. T

he total proved inadequate as Keelby replied with 64 for 7 to dash Brigg’s hopes. Tom Brock, Nick Beacock and John Danson took two wickets each in the Brigg attack.

A word as the season ends for South Kelsey. After struggling early in the season they picked up several wins late on to finish in fourth place in Division 3. Sadly they were conceded their final game by Outcasts.