Byron Abbey celebrate promotion for first time

SUNDAY BEST -- Byron Abbey clinched the runners-up spot
SUNDAY BEST -- Byron Abbey clinched the runners-up spot

Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY secured promotion for the first time in their third season in the Mansfield and District Sunday League.

Byron beat Sheffield Transport by three wickets in their penultimate game to clinch the runners-up spot in Section Five.

Their bowlers, led by Gary Devonshire (four for 34 in ten overs) and Chris Cooke (three for 34 in ten), fought back well after Sheffield had moved to 72 for one and restricted them to 121 for nine at the end of their allotted 40 overs.

In reply, it wasn’t plain sailing for Byron, despite 37 from opener Phil Collins. But after a flurry of wickets and a tense finale, they were guided home with one over to spare by captain Matt Guy, who finished on 30 not out and, fittingly, sealed the win with a six.

THE only side to finish above Byron, champions PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND, finished their season by crushing Kingsway Park.

Papplewick amassed 267 for five, with Ross Fitz-John thrashing a whirlwind 154 that in cluded seven sixes and 18 fours.

In his 105-ball blitzkrieg, Fitz-John put on 142 for the first wicket with Tom Simpson (52, six fours) .

Ten-man Kingsway could not hope to emulate such hitting and were skittled for 117, despite 53 (one six and four fours) from opener Nauman Shafiq.

Most of the wickets were shared by Dan Simpson (three for 17 in six overs), Andy Paulson (two for 16 in four) and George Stewart, who took three for two in three overs.

HAVING wrapped up the Section Four title the previous Sunday, PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY refused to rest on their laurels and thumped Teversal 2nd by ten wickets.

James Stokes produced an amazing bowling spell, taking six wickets for three runs in seven overs as the home side were rolled over for 35.

A BATTING collapse left HUCKNALL hanging on for a losing draw against Glapwell Colliery in thePremier Section.

Chasing Glapwell’s 247 for eight, Hucknall eased to 97 for two in the hands of opener Robin Maxwell (54, seven fours) and Pete Hudson (29, five fours).

But suddenly they plunged to 129 for eight before ending on 180 for nine thanks to an unbeaten 32 (six fours) from tailender Harry Finch.

The visitors’ mainstay had been opener Steve Gooding with 71 (one six and 11 fours), while Hucknall’s most effective bowler had been spinner Adam Scott with four for 38 from ten overs.