Cricket club bouncing again

LEADING cricket club Phoenix have been given an 11th hour reprieve in their battle to avoid extinction.

And it has been confirmed that the Brinsworth outfit will take their place in the South Yorkshire Senior League next term.

The 80-year-old Pavilion Lane club’s future was in doubt when cricket committee members quit en-bloc recently, for differing reasons, leading to a last-minute bid to prevent them from folding.

Now, hopes are high that the rebuilding process will continue when the team takes to the field in Division Three in the spring, Phoenix having opted to be relegated from the Premier flight at the end of last season.

Senior SYSL official Richard Tong, who helped lead the rescue bid, will act as vice-chairman in support to chairman Dave Arnold, who has reconsidered his decision to step aside.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie Redfearn will take over as secretary, while Alison Longley and John Bostock will be treasurer and president respectively. Skipper for the new season will be stalwart Ian Patterson.

Said Mr Tong: “We held meetings, which were well attended, and the upshot was that everyone wanted to see Phoenix survive.

“I’m delighted that key people are on board and the future is a lot brighter."


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