Clumber on the up as pair of sides earn promotions

Clumber II v Notts and Arnold II.  Clumber batsman Jim Delaney  (w110625-4d)
Clumber II v Notts and Arnold II. Clumber batsman Jim Delaney (w110625-4d)
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Clumber Park are celebrating a fine season, after two of their four Bassletaw Cricket League teams secured promotions.

The second team and fourth teams both finished second in Division Four and Division Eight respectively, while the firsts were midtable in Division One and the thirds missed out on promotion by 63 points.

Andy Smith, a second team stalwart, told the Guardian a blend of youth and experience helped this season.

“The good thing is that we have five or six ‘old hands’ like myself in their 30s and 40s and the rest of the team are late teens and early 20s,” he said.

“Players have started developing and being accountable for their performances.”

He paid tribute to an outgoing player who has served Clumber well, especially with the bat.

“Jim Delaney, who has played every season of league cricket for Clumber, played his last game on Saturday – so it was great for him to finish with a promotion and go out on a high,” said Smith.

The fourths, under the guidance of veterans Neil Tilley and Howard Tomlinson, won promotion on the final day of the season – pipping Woodsetts III to the runners-up spot by six points thanks to a win over Worksop III on Saturday.

Smith said: “They have experienced hands like Neil and Howard, and then some teenagers, and they’ve had a really good season.”

“The team is a step up for juniors, so it’s great stuff for them to go up.”

“It’s been a club season for the club overall.”