Chand ensures Town don't fall at final hurdle in race for title
All-rounder Ramesh Chand applied his considerable experience to ensure that Scunthorpe Town did not fall at the final hurdle and successfully secured the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division title.
This achievement makes the Heslam Park men eligible for promotion to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League for 2013.
However, as is the case at the end of every season, that will depend on an invitation being extended to the Lincs League winners to join and a vote by clubs at the ECB competition's annual meeting next month.
Scunthorpe entered their final match – away to lowly Broughton – knowing they needed nine points to overhaul Alford at the top of the table.
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Having lost the toss, Town were invited to bat first and 71 from Ramesh, 73 by fellow all-rounder Saikat Sarkar and an unbeaten 60 by skipper Ian Snowden helped them post a daunting 248 for three.
Broughton had a determined go at chasing down such a large total and seemed to have just a glimmer of hope until Ramesh returned for a second spell and removed home captain Matt Hammond for 44, on his way to a return of four for 35 in 16 overs.
Broughton finally ended on 192 for eight, having lasted the full 50 overs and delayed the subsequent on-the-field celebrations by the Scunthorpe players, officials and supporters.
The only other game in the Premier Division on Saturday was at West Halton Lane, where Alkborough defeated South Kelsey, who, like Broughton, are facing a return to Division One.
The curtain came down on the season on Sunday with one match in the top flight.
The only thing really at stake was whether Broughton could overtake South Kelsey at the foot of the table.
But it was not to be, with Cherry Willingham overtaking Broughton's 154 for seven to win by three wickets.
In Division One, the impressive batting surface at the Brumby Hall ground in Scunthorpe was enjoyed by Appleby-Frodingham 2nds and Louth 2nds in their final outing of the season.
The Scunthorpe Steelmen secured victory by 38 runs.
They posted 236 for six from 45 overs, Jack Harrison scoring 72, Simon Wild 48 and Mo Ayub 47 not out.
Tom Sanders, who opened the bowling for Louth, finished with three for 41.
The visitors responded with 188 for six, which featured 67 from Steve Gale, as Ben Bramley claimed three for 54 in an attack that featured eight different bowlers.
In Division Two, Jimmy Snee's five for 49 was key to Messingham 2nds winning by 20 runs at Keelby and securing the second promotion spot.
Champions Scunthorpe Town hosted Owmby who, depending on results elsewhere, knew that a victory might make it possible for them to gain promotion as runners-up.
However, it was Scunthorpe who secured the win – agonisingly for Owmby, by the very narrow margin of a single run.
Scunthorpe were bowled out for 167 from the penultimate delivery of the innings, openers Neil Patrick and Dylan Hopkins both scoring 37 and Sam Atkin claiming six for 50 for the visitors.
In a desperately close finish, Owmby responded with 166 for nine, Ciaron Deegan scoring 42 and the last pair, James Hanson and Rob Bain, 24 not out and 12 not out respectively.
Josh Pashley did best with the ball for Town, taking three for 28 in 15 overs.
In Division Three, Matty Owen took three for 16 as relegated Cleethorpes 4ths ended a difficult season with a five-wicket home win over high-flying Hibaldstow.