Opening verse is pure poetry by Byron

SUNDAY cricket round-up.
SUNDAY cricket round-up.

A healthy opening stand between Matt Guy and Phil Collins guided Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY to a fine five-wicket victory in Section Four of the Mansfield Sunday League.

Skipper Guy fell one short of a deserved half-century, making 49, which included eight boundaries, while Collins stroked 40 (one six and five fours). Their partnership enabled Byron to chase down a total of 156-8 made by visitors Wirksworth and Middleton that owed a lot to 69 from captain Pete Ashurst and 33 not out from tailender Martin Kinder.

Danny Greenhalgh (3-20 in ten overs), Chris Curtis (2-27 in eight) and Chris Cooke (2-45 in ten) all bowled well for Byron, who fired their winning runs in the penultimate over after Greenhalgh had also cracked 29 (four fours).

A GLOOMY day for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY in the Mansfield Sunday League resulted in defeats for both of the club’s sides. The first team fell by 26 runs in a low-scoring clash with Kirkby Portland in Section Three, while the second team lost by six wickets at Cutthorpe in Section four.

When Kirkby were shot out for 138, despite 52 from Mick Jennings, Papplewick must have been confident of victory. Michael South took 4-35 in eight overs and James Stokes 3-24 in 8.2. However, they crashed to 112 all out in reply, with opener Gareth Blinkhorn (37, six fours) the only batsman to find form.