CRICKET: Return to top flight for Spalding

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The Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League will go into 2017 with two new teams following the unexpected withdrawal of Skegness.

At the annual meeting, South Lincolnshire & Border League winners Spalding were automatically promoted and bottom side Nettleham returned to the Lincolnshire County League.

The withdrawal of Skegness opened the way for Alford to be offered a place in the league, Nettleham having decided they would prefer not to be re-instated.

Alford finished second in the LCCL but the strict ECB criteria for Premier Leagues meant that winners Cherry Willingham were unable to be promoted.

Spalding have returned to the top flight only one year after demotion.