Newstead mourning loss of cricket club

Sunday Cricket action Sherwood V Newstead Abbey.''Newstead batsman Robert Casterton

Sunday Cricket action Sherwood V Newstead Abbey.''Newstead batsman Robert Casterton

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The village of Newstead is in mourning after losing its long-standing cricket club.

Newstead Abbey and Village have pulled the plug because of a shortage of players.

And it is believed to be the first time for many decades that the village, which has produced several fine cricketers over the years, has gone through a summer without its own Saturday side.

Vice-chairman and former captain Andy Paulson said: “It’s very sad.

“Circumstances meant we would not have had enough people to keep the club going.

“I have played for the club for many years, while others have been there even longer.

“The groundsman, Pete Hand, had done loads of work on the ground, which was looking good.

“But the decision had to be taken at an emergency meeting.

“We had 14 or 15 players but when taking into account work commitments and holidays, it was just not sustainable to carry on.”

The club was founded in 1969 and attracted players from the historic Newstead Colliery club, which folded when the pit closed in 1987.

Their biggest moments came in 2004 and 2006 when they won promotion to the top division of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Newstead ran three sides in the South Notts League last term. But relegations in recent seasons meant the first team were back in Division C where they finished fourth.

They, and the second team, have now withdrawn, although a third team is continuing in Division K after being kept alive with help from Chilwell-based Poplars Cricket Club.

Newstead’s only connection to cricket now is via Byron Abbey, an offshoot of the Saturday outfit who play in the Mansfield Sunday League.