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Alford set for Caistor challenge as they try to maintain their momentum in title race

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 08, 2012

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Title-chasing Alford have the chance to close the gap on current table toppers Barton when they take on Caistor in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Alford travelled to South Kelsey's ground at Holton-le-Moor on Monday and secured a comfortable five-wicket success.

Kelsey mustered only 82 as Tom White bagged four for 21 and Darrell Crow three for eight.

Alford's reply included 18 from opener Wayne Garlick (pictured above right), which proved to be the highest score of a low-scoring encounter.

It took the visitors the best part of 26 overs to secure a win which brought a further maximum haul of 20 points.

Barton's opponents are Nettleham.

The Nettles currently sit third, but will be looking for maximum points to close the gap on Alford.

Division one sees leading sides taking on each other.

Bracebridge Heath 2nds hostScothern, while Horncastle entertain Louth 2nds.

Neither Market Rasen nor Holton-le-Clay have spent much time out in the middle this season and will be hoping the weather is a shade kinder on Saturday when the teams go head-to-head at Rase Park.

Division Two promotion-chasers Keelby entertain Alkborough 2nds, who have yet to get into the swing of things.

Caistor 2nds' home game with Grimsby Town 2nds is expected to prove an interesting tussle, as will the game at Northfield Road where Messingham 2nds host Owmby on a ground where batsmen have prospered during the early weeks of the season.

Lincoln area cricket fans can look forward to the clash between Washingborough and Nettleham 2nds, or take in the match at Ashby Avenue between Hartsholme 2nds and Scunthorpe Town 2nds.

Division Three offers an immediate opportunity for South Kelsey 2nd to gain revenge on Hibaldstow after being bowled out by them for only 27 last weekend.

The sides meet up again on Saturday – this time at Hibaldstow – where the title-chasers look to record yet another victory.

Also meeting up for the second time on the bounce are Barton Town 2nds and Outcasts 2nds (this time at Marsh Lane), Broughton 2nds and Alford 2nds (at Scawby Road), Cherry Willingham 2nds and Laportes (Grimsby) and Cleethorpes 4ths and Haxey 2nds.

Division Four sees a fascinating fixture between Old Lincolnians and Hykeham, as the city side now boasts a number of former Hykeham players in its squad.

Holton-le-Clay 2nds enjoy home advantage against Keelby 2nds, while Scunthorpe Town 3rds make their first visit to Scothern 2nds, newcomers to the Lincolnshire League this season.

Unusually, there are no Sunday fixtures this week in any of the five divisions.

Premier Division games start at 1pm, while matches in all other sections get under way at 1.30pm.

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