Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club celebrate promotion from GB Liners Marches League Division Three (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club celebrate promotion from GB Liners Marches Cricket League Division Three
Hereford City Lads Club 79 Knighton-on-Teme 83-2
THE champagne corks have been popping after Knighton-on-Teme Cricket Club tasted promotion in the GB Liners Marches League at their first attempt.
The villagers thumped struggling Hereford City Lads Club by eight wickets to seal the runners-up spot in Division Three.
Knighton missed out on the title by just one point from champions Kington 2nd after a memorable season after switching from the Worcestershire League pyramid.
“We all went to the pub for a meal and a few drinks afterwards and everyone is delighted to be going up,”
said Knighton scorer Dave Pullen.
“We have had five or six matches which have all finished by 6pm - and that might sound great - but it isn’t ideal. “The lads want to test themselves against the better teams and, hopefully, we will be allowed to go up.”
Hereford City Lads Club fielded just seven men for last Saturday’s match and they were shot out for 79 in the 16th over.
Mark Evans (4-37) and skipper Dan Pullen (2-40) caused problems for the city club at Hereford Racecourse.
Matt James then struck an unbeaten 45 and John Humphries made 19 as the villagers wrapped up their promotion in the 15th over. It was Hereford City Lads Club last-ever game - they have withdrawn from the Marches League.
Dave Pullen added: “We were all changed and in the clubhouse by 3.55pm so the match lasted fewer than two hours. We now enjoyed at least three promotions since competing in a league system.
“After five or six years in the Worcestershire League, we felt there was nowhere for us to go.
“Joining the Marches League was certainly the right thing for us to do.
“It wasn’t a very exciting start for us - we lost our first five matches.
“But we remained unbeaten for around three months.”
Knighton have a friendly match against Upper Sapey later this month before the club’s end-ofseason awards dinner in October.