All change at the top! Grantham CC set for new opponents in the Lincs ECB Premier

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

At the annual meeting, South Lincolnshire & Border League winners Spalding were automatically promoted and bottom side Nettleham returned to the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, while 11th-placed Grimsby Town retained their Premier League status.

However, having lost a large number of top players at the end of the season, Skegness became aware that they would have difficulty fielding a side of Premier League strength and notified the league that they would have to withdraw.

This opened the way for Alford CC to be offered - and accept - a place in the league, Nettleham having decided 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.

Alford and Spalding - who have returned to the top flight only one year after demotion - will now contest the ECB Premier League alongside Boston, Bracebridge Heath, Bourne, Grantham,Grimsby Town, Louth, Lindum, Market Deeping, Sleaford and Woodhall Spa.