Mixed fortunes for local cricketers

South Kelsey who play in Division 3 of the Lincolnshire League'From the left (rear)-Rob Denniss, Ashley Over, Andy Stockdale, Matt Thompson, Andy Fisher, Tom Over and Philip Parkin.'front-Andy Walton, Neil Thompson, Matthew Burgess and Rob Baty.
South Kelsey who play in Division 3 of the Lincolnshire League'From the left (rear)-Rob Denniss, Ashley Over, Andy Stockdale, Matt Thompson, Andy Fisher, Tom Over and Philip Parkin.'front-Andy Walton, Neil Thompson, Matthew Burgess and Rob Baty.

With a limited programme in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday - and only a month of the season left - it is a good time to take stock.

So, where are our local teams placed in their respective competitions?

In the Premier League, Market Rasen have seven games still to play and Caistor have five. But both look set for another season at the same level.

Market Rasen currently lie seventh and should finish in the top half of the table. Caistor are fourth from bottom but should be comfortably safe from relegation as the bottom two sides, Bracebridge 2nd and Cleethorpes 2nd, are well adrift.

Owmby could find themselves in relegation trouble in Division 1.

They are third from bottom but there is a 37 point gap between Owmby and the two sides below them.

Owmby had an unexpected boost on Saturday when Messingham conceded the game to Owmby,failing to raise a side.

Owmby will be hoping a decision to continue at their delightful Todmoor ground will be confirmed in the close season by the new owners of the land.

Keelby 1st team are mid table in Division 2. While Hibaldstow lie just below them.

The latter have settled well in Division 2 after moving through the leagues but are not yet safe at that level for 2014.

Their ground is much respected for its improvement over the years and a Lincolnshire junior side played Scotland there last month.

Caistor 2nds are next to bottom in Division 2 but are only just below Cleethorpes 3rd so could still escape the drop.

For South Kelsey, it has been a difficult season in Division 3 after a brave winter move to drop their first team and make the 2nd team their only side. There was a clear focus on more locally based players and no overseas players.

They have struggled - despite some excellent bowling from Matt Thompson - and lie 3rd from bottom, comfortably clear of the bottom two.