LUCTONIANS made it a hat-trick of GB Liners Marches Division One titles and showed why with an emphatic 145-run victory against Abergavenny & Crickhowell to seal the crown.

After being put into bat father and son openers Duncan and James Platford once again set the tone putting on 60 runs for the opening wicket.

Number four batsman Ian Probert but the game beyond the visitor's reach with an unbeaten 92 runs but ran out of time to reach his century with his side finishing on 249-7 off 45 overs.

In reply the Luctonians bowlers kept control of the tie with Matt Bengry taking two early wickets before Will Maund took the middle order with 3-18 and Subagar Etnam skittled out the tail with a further three wickets.

Fittingly next season’s captain Pete Griffiths took the final wickets to start celebrations.

“It's been a fantastic achievement for us to win three titles in a row and more importantly with a great bunch of lads,” said captain James Platford who will continue in a playing capacity next term.

“None of this would have been possible without our tireless chairman Ian Lawrence and Eric lane our brilliant groundsman.

“Youth have integrated nicely this year with Will Maund accumulating 500 runs and Jake Davies taking 26 wickets.

“Pete Griffiths has been outstanding with the ball topping the league in wickets with 39.

"I managed to top batting on the last game with 981 league runs and 22 catches.

“It has been my last year as captain, it's been a pleasure to win and sometimes lose alongside these lads.”

It was a good day for Leominster cricket as Garnons secured third place following a five-wicket victory over second place Goodrich.

Bowler Carl Lewis consistently took wickets throughout the Goodrich innings as they fell for 146.

In reply openers James Debenham (38) and Ben Elias (50) put on 103 for the opening wicket as they reached 150-5 off 29.2 overs.

Ross-on-Wye were left unable to prepare the pitch after a fire in their equipment shed destroyed mowers and all other equipment meaning that their tie against Kington was cancelled meaning the latter had to settle for a fourth place finish.