Old boy seals Alfreton’s fate

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Alfreton Cricket Club will be a Division One side next year after they were condemned to their fate by ex-Alfreton boy Matthew Lineker against Ockbrook and Borrwash on Saturday.

Captain Alex Mace won the toss and decided to bowl first.

This turned out to be a poor decision as Lineker (137 off 114) put Alfreton’s bowlers to the sword.

He was ably assisted by Jonathan Guthrie (34), Jake Needham (77*) and Matthew Cassar (26*) as Ockbrook and Borrowash made 298 for 2 off just 41 overs.

Alfreton’s reply got off to a poor start as they were reduced to 11-2.

They never really recovered from there as regular wickets falling made sure Alfreton could only muster 124, Andy Gwatkin and Jonathan Clarke (43) the only batsmen to get a start.

Lineker came back towards the end of the Alfreton innings to take 3-9 and a run out to ensure that Alfreton only took one point from the day.

That wasn’t enough as Rolls Royce Leisure took enough points out of their game against Sandiacre to make it impossible for Alfreton to stay up on the final day.

Rain ruined the final day of the season for Alfreton as, even though parts of both innings were played, the game ended up being abandoned.