South Notts Cricket League Division D: Final game victories as Newark Ransome & Marles and Southwell celebrate promotion glory
Newark Ransome & Marles and Southwell were both celebrating promotion from Division D after victories in their final games of the South Notts League season.
The duo both needed wins from their last matches to secure a top five finish ahead of West Bridgfordians 2nds who had started the day ten points adrift of the promotion places.
As it turned out, the Nottingham side were beaten by five runs against second-placed Flintham, but both Newark Ransome & Marles and Southwell took care of their own fate with home wins.
Newark defeated Thrumpton by 89 runs with opener Charlie Hauton hitting a half-century for the victors.
Hauton scored 56 and Robert Matchett made 43 before Michael Stackhouse struck 34 as Newark were dismissed for 185.
Thrumpton never threatened the home side’s total as they were bowled out for 96 in their reply.
Jack Edwards was third-placed Newark’s leading wicket-taker on the day with 3-17 while Craig Drury struck twice in his five-over stint of 2-14.
Six wickets from Will Ashworth laid the foundations for Southwell’s comfortable victory over Notts Unity Casuals.
They dismissed their visitors for just 94 as Ashworth took 6-31 from 8.4 overs while Steve Wright claimed 3-25 from a 12-over stint that also included four maidens.
Despite losing two wickets in their reply, Southwell secured the success inside 20 overs with opener Tom Clarke reaching his half-century just as the hosts reached their victory target.
The win was enough to seal fifth place in the standings for Southwell and promotion to Division C for next season.
Farndon finished their campaign in second-from-bottom place after a five-wicket final game loss against East Bridgford.
They were bowled out for 162 after electing to bat first with their visitors reaching the required target in 29 overs.
Skipper Dave Adwick had top-scored with 34 for Farndon while Alex Youngman made 32 before being run out.
Mark Everington (22) and John Esam (24) also contributed to the home side’s cause.
Adwick took 2-25 in East Bridgford’s reply and Esam returned 2-47 but an unbeaten 47 from Matthew Gomersall laid the foundations for the visitors to secure their win.