Barton cricketer Adam McDermott signs off with century before returning down-under
A captain's innings from Ian Snowden helped Scunthorpe Town step up their bid for the Premier Division championship when they won away to Caistor, ending the home side's hopes of the title.
Ian scored an undefeated 83 and shared a century stand with Garmesh Chand (57 not out) as Scunthorpe posted 188 for three in 50 overs.
Importantly, that restricted Caistor to a solitary bowling bonus point.
The Brigg Road men responded with 126 for eight to deny Scunthorpe the full 20 point on offer for an outright win.
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There was a memorable send-off for Barton Town's Australian overseas player Adam McDermott as his side won by 109 runs when entertaining Alkborough.
Adam, who is returning Down Under, signed off with 115 as the Marsh Lane men rattled up 277 for eight before declaring with four overs of their allocation unused.
Alkborough are not yet clear of relegation but the five points gained from this defeat were useful to their cause.
Alford took the maximum 20 points to stay in the title race at home to South Kelsey, the margin between the teams being eight wickets.
South Kelsey cannot now escape the bottom two – even if they win their last game.
Outcasts lost by seven wickets at home to Bracebridge Heath 2nds, meaning the Isle of Axholme villagers failed to win a solitary Division One game during 2012.
Scunthorpe Town 2nds secured the Division Two championship with an eight-wicket home win over Hartsholme 2nds – ending the Lincoln team's hopes of promotion.
The visitors to Heslam Park were restricted to 128 for eight as David Peacock claimed four for 56.
Jake Smith (43 not out) and captain Neil Patrick, with 39, helped Town to the title after 28.1 overs – Jack having earlier taken two caught-and-bowled wickets.
This is Scunthorpe 2nds' second successive promotion.
With their backs to the wall, Grimsby Town 2nds pulled off one of the results of the day – just when it was needed – by winning at Messingham 2nds.
Grimsby moved off the foot of the table and kept their hopes of beating the drop very much alive, while second-placed Messingham missed out on the chance of securing promotion, although they do have a match remaining.
There was an unusually low scoring, but nevertheless absorbing, game at Mulsanne Park in which Nettleham 2nds finally saw off visiting Alkborough 2nds by 17 runs.
The full five bonus points secured from this game helped assure Alkborough of another season in Division Two.
Sam Atkin was on song for Owmby who could yet secure promotion after taking maximum points from their home game with Washingborough.
He opened the batting for Owmby and top scored with 35 in their 145 for seven.
With the visitors well into their reply, the home side needed a fifth bowler and the invitation to "play it again, Sam" paid off as he grabbed three for five to wrap up the innings for 100.
Expectations of a closely fought derby between Haxey 2nds and Outcasts 2nds in Division Three failed to materialise as promotion chasing Haxey won by nine wickets.
Outcasts were able to send only nine batsmen out to the middle, which did not help their cause, and were dismissed for 66.
Broughton 2nds now face an anxious wait to see whether they will be playing in Division Four next season.
Their final game was against Cherry Willingham 2nds. Broughton made 140 for nine to secure a couple of batting bonus points, but Cherry picked off that total for the loss of a solitary wicket.