Owzthat! Papplewick and Byron Abbey showered with cricket awards

64,000 people stopped playing local cricket this year
64,000 people stopped playing local cricket this year

Local teams had plenty to celebrate when the Mansfield and District Sunday Cricket League held its annual presentation dinner.

In the top flight (Section A), HUCKNALL were unable to repeat their heroics of 2012 when they landed the title by one point. This time, they finished eighth in the ten-team division, only one point off the bottom two. But in Sections Four and Five, both PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY and Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY enjoyed campaigns to remember and picked up a bucketful of awards.

Papplewick’s first-team, captained by Ross Fitz-John, were not only crowned Section Four champions (after suffering only one defeat). They took four of the eight individual honours on offer in the section too.

Charlie Blatherwick was named best bowler thanks to a superb average of 6.32, which also gave him the under-18s’ bowling accolade. Joe Walker was named best under-18s’ batsman with a an average of 45.66 and administrator Steph Roberts shared the Secretary’s Award with Andy Coope, of South Normanton.

Section Five was all about Dispatch District cricket. For Papplewick and Linby 2nd raced to the title after winning 11 and losing just one of their 16 matches, ahead of Byron Abbey as runners-up. What’s more, Byron’s Lee Christie took the bowling award, and the under-18s’ awards went to Papplewick duo Tom Simpson (batting) and Reuben Singh (bowling). Byron also won the Sportsmanship Award.

The do was held at the Redbrick House hotel at Mansfield Woodhouse and was attended by 135 people. Other highlights of the night saw league president Dennis Cooke honoured for his services to cricket, and antotal of £200 raised for cancer research.