Rain sabotaged large swathes of the Mansfield and District Sunday League programme last weekend, but it couldn’t save Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY from a heavy defeat.
Byron’s Section Four match at Belper Meadows went ahead as scheduled. However, they could field only eight players and the writing was on the wall early on when opener Phil Collins fell for a duck.
A creditable revival was launched by skipper Matt Guy, who made 45, and number three Dan Greenhalgh, who hit 21. but progress was slow and once they had perished, the locals had little more to give.
The scoreboard was boosted by 11 from Jon Ratcliffe, ten from Chris Cooke and 20 extras before Byron’s innings was wrapped up on 120 as Joe Slater took 3-12 in six overs and William Clare 2-19 in 4.2.
Any hopes of defending such a modest total were quickly dashed by an unbeaten 66 (seven fours) from Belper opener James Fowler, who steered his side to 121-3 in 23.4 overs, despite a return of 2-35 from nine overs by Cooke.
In other games, Hucknall enjoyed a walkover in the Premier Section, but Papplewick and Linby in Section Three and Papplewick and Linby 2nd in Section Four were rained off without a ball bowled.