All-rounder Chris Cooke led the celebrations as BYRON ABBEY cashed in on the stretched resources of PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND in Section Four of the Mansfield Sunday League.
When both sides gained promotion last term, champions Papplewick just had the edge. But they struggled to field a side for this encounter on an afternoon when the club also had fixtures higher up the league and in the national Davidstow Village Cup tournament. The upshot was a landslide 173-run win for Newstead-based Byron, who skittled the hosts for just 30 after compiling a total of 203 for seven in their allotted 40 overs.
Cooke took most of the plaudits for a return of 6-12 in only nine overs with the ball. With Neil Atkin also bagging 3-29 in seven overs, not one of Papplewick’s batsmen mustered double figures. The home team’s bowlers also leaked 32 extras, although firmly exempt from criticism was Mick Henley whose figures of 2-33 in ten overs reflect a solid spell.
Byron batted well all the way down their order, with Phil Collins making 48 (six fours), Jon Ratcliffe 38 not out (two sixes and three fours) against his former club, Chris Dwan 27 (five fours) and that man Cooke (22, three fours).
A THRILLING finish resulted in a Premier Section winning draw for HUCKNALL, who had two runs to spare over a Welbeck side down to their last man. Skipper Robin Maxwell’s 71 helped Hucknall to 161 before fine bowling by Harry Finch (5-42 in ten overs) stunned the home side’s reply, which finished on 158-9.
FORMER footballer Dave Newton’s half-century helped PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY hold on for a losing draw at Shireoaks in Section Three. Newton’s 56 (one six and four fours) was the mainstay of Papplewick’s 136-8 in response to 174-7.