Scunthorpe Town Cricket Club denied promotion to top league after ground report shows 'concerns'
Scunthorpe Town Cricket Club officials and players are "stunned" at being denied promotion to the county's leading league.
Scunthorpe Town clinched the championship of the 'feeder' Lincolnshire County Cricket League premier division in September, which put them in line to gain promotion to the Readers's Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
However, an inspection of Scunthorpe Town's ground at Heslam Park, off Ashby Road, by the ECB League, produced some concerns, and Scunthorpe were not invited to join at the league's recent AGM.
A statement from the ECB competition said Scunthorpe Town would not be promoted "after there were doubts as to whether their pitch and outfield would be up to ECB League standard for 2013."
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It added: "The club has now been invited to work with the ECB League’s Development Committee in an attempt to address the concerns."
Officials at Scunthorpe Town were "stunned" not to be promoted.
The Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League has announced it aims to create a second division for the 2014 season.
Initially, eight teams are being sought to form the new division along with the two who finish bottom of the ECB Premier League next season.
Potential sponsors for the added division have already been identified.
ECB League secretary Ann Boulton said: "The Premier League was formed to encourage junior cricket on good pitches and this new division will carry on that policy.”