CRICKET: Champions Spalding finally lift their title

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South Lincolnshire and Border League champions Spalding Cricket Club had two reasons to celebrate at the league’s end of season awards bash.

Town, who will play in the Lincs ECB Premier Division next season after winning Division One, finally got the hands on the trophy they pipped rivals Billingborough to last term.

Skipper Rob Ambrose was handed the trophy by Lincolnshire ECB Premier League chairman Colin White at the awards night at Grantham last Tuesday, while the club also received the coveted Chairman’s Trophy – awarded to the league’s team of the year.

Individual awards were also dished out, with Billingborough’s Geordie Scott and Moulton Harrox’s Maxwell Cusack among those honoured.

Kiwi all-rounder Scott picked up the batting and bowling awards in Division One, while Moulton’s Cusack won the junior bowling award in the top flight with 24 wickets at an average of 17.92.

With Spalding securing promotion to the top flight, Boston have been relegated to the SLBL Division One, while Freiston and Long Sutton will both be entering two teams in the League next year.

Market Deeping will remain in the Lincs ECB Premier after Lincolnshire County League winners Scunthorpe Town were not granted promotion.

It was decided that there were doubts as to whether their pitch and outfield would be up to ECB League standards for the 2013 campaign.

League secretary Ann Boulton has also confirmed that the Lincs ECB League have plans to form a second tier for 2014, made up of clubs presently in the Lincolnshire County League and the South Lincs and Border League.

However, clubs will need to meet ECB guidelines on facilities and grounds to take their sport – and an additional factor will be whether some of those clubs will be keen to join a county league that could stretch from Barton to Stamford, a distance of 80 miles.

• Long Sutton’s AGM is to take place on Friday, November 30 (7.30pm) at their Paradise Field base.