Marshalls’ title challenge is ahead of time

If Marshalls Cricket Club were to secure promotion to Bassetlaw Division Three this season, they would be three years ahead of the club’s development plan.

No one at Middlefield Lane expected a title challenge in 2014, but with just five games remaining they find themselves top of the table.

Saturday’s win over Clumber Park II pushed them into the number one spot alongside the team they defeated, with a game in hand.

And as unexpected a scenario it might be, the local cricketers believe a league title would be a great way to mark the loss of one of their own.

Marshalls midweek captain Haydn Green passed away suddenly and tragically in June.

Secretary Martyn Snell told the Standard: “It was never our aim to get promoted, so we’re just seeing what happens.”

“If we did win the league we would be three years ahead of our development plan, and it would be a fitting tribute to Haydn.”

Snell has likened the atmosphere at the club to that of a big family, and he said they’re helping each other cope with the loss of such a popular member.

“Two years ago we nearly lost the club, but it rejuvenated everyone and now it’s a lot more tight knit – like a family.”

“It’s all for one, even more so after losing Haydn, it shows what a family place cricket can be, we’re there to support each other.”

Marshalls visit Clay Cross on Saturday.