Brigg Town Cricket Club's very faint hopes of securing the second promotion place disappeared on Saturday (September 7).
They lost by four wickets when visiting Nettleham 2nds in Lincolnshire County Cricket League Division Three.
That means Nettleham finish runners-up behind Broughton 2nds, who had already secured the championship and completed their programme.
With one game to go, Brigg now find themselves in fourth place, as near rivals Lindum 2nds also won well on Saturday.
Town totalled only 62 at Mulsanne Park, Nettleham - opener Danny Bradley top scoring with 15.
However, they made the home side fight hard for victory after tea, claiming six wickets - all taken by their experienced left-arm seam bowlers.
Phil Dewfall, pictured above, finished with four for 24 and Nick Beacock with two for 33.
Broughton's first teamers - fifth in Division One - enjoyed a convincing home victory over Outcasts on Saturday.
Hibaldstow - second spot in Division Two - won well at Hartsholme 2nds.
|Brigg Town's Nick Beacock.|
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RESULTS - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Bracebridge Heath 2nds 140, Lindum 2nds 142 for seven
Hartsholme 281 for eight, Caistor 186 for three
Cleethorpes 2nds 205, Grimsby Town 190
Cherry Willingham 182, Haxey 177
Market Rasen 171 for nine, Scothern 138
Barton Town 176 for six, Louth 2nds 180 for six
Broughton 135 for eight, Outcasts 81
Appleby-Frodingham 2nds 165, Holton-le-Clay 169 for seven
Scunthorpe Town 2nds 79, Messingham 82 for two
Normanby Park 128, Alkborough 129 for four
Hibaldstow 219 for six, Hartsholme 2nds 157
Clee Town Laportes 206 for seven, Market Rasen 2nds 61
Caistor 2nds conceded the game to Cherry Willingham 2nds
Old Lincolnians conceded to Holton-le-Clay 2nds
Barton Town 2nds 115, Cleethorpes 4ths 117 for four
Lindum 3rds 238 for four, Haxey 2nds 72
Brigg Town 62, Nettleham 2nds 65 for six
Outcasts 2nds 129, Messingham 2nds 93
Louth 3rds 240, Scunthorpe Town 3rds 163 for seven