WITH both Caistor 1sts and Market Rasen 1sts without games on Saturday in the Lincolnshire League, South Kelsey took centre stage.
But they look to have blown their chances of promotion from the 1st Division back to the Premiership after suffering a heavy defeat away to Louth 2nds .
Louth won the toss and elected to put South Kelsey in. A fine opening partnership between South Kelsey skipper Wijayarhni Kamud and Sri Lankan star Chandi Wathukarage put on 153 before Kamud was caught by Mark Duell off Jahn Sanders.
Chandi them fell lbw to Corden for 112 and from then on wickets tumbled regularly to the home attack as the innings collapsed to 209 for 8.
Louth were soon piling on the runs in their reply as the South Kelsey attack struggled in the sun.
John Medler went for 28 before Matthew Harrison and John Collinson put together an unbeaten partnership of 131 to see Louth home on 121 for 1 for a nine wicket win.
Spinner Lol Waghorn was the solitary wicket taker for South Kelsey.
The other key game for our local area teams involved Caistor 2nds in Division 2. Market Rasen have already won the league and were without a game, but Caistor started the day in second place looking a good bet for promotion as well.
Things were to change dramatically as Keelby moved into second place as they beat lowly Haxey 2nds, helped by an unbeaten 110 from Gary Spencer.
Keelby posted an impressive 213 for seven (Spencer 110 not out) and then dismissed Haxey 2nds for 156.
But this was Keelby’s last game and they have only a narrow advantage.
Caistor 2nds dropped to third place after their disappointing loss to Grimsby team Stamford Homes.
Stamford Homes hit 171 for nine, Caistor 2nds reply falling well short on 135 for nine (Barton 5-49).
Also in Division 2, Owmby could have dispelled relegation fears, but they lost off of the very last ball of the game at Alkborough 2nds and so remain in trouble, although with two games remaining.
Scores were Owmby 167 for six (Atkin 60 not out), Alkborough 2nds 171 for four.
In Division 3 South Kelsey 2nds are safe, despite losing at home to Hibaldstow, for whom John Taylor scored a half-century.
That’s because the two sides below Kelsey both lost. Hibaldstow posted 203 for eight (Jon Taylor 56), South Kelsey 2nds replying with 163 (Ben Brown 52).
In Division 4 Keelby 2nds’ hopes of clearing the relegation zone were not helped by losing to Scunthorpe Town 3rds.
Scunthorpe Town 3rds hit 216 for six (Hopkins 107 not out), before Keelby 2nds replied with a fighting 190. Keelby did manage a decent haul of bonus points however and, to their good fortune, Hykeham 2nds failed to raise a team for their scheduled match and had five points deducted, leaving them 11 points behind Keelby with one match remaining.
Adrift at the bottom, Caistor 3rds went down to Holton le Clay, who batting first hit 180 for nine, Caistor 3rds being all out in reply for 91.