Batting out of hell

Run-shy PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND are still waiting for their first win of the Bassetlaw League, First Division season after two more defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Last Saturday, newly-promoted Papplewick were shot out for 106 to go down by 78 runs to Edwinstowe.

And then on Bank Holiday Monday, they were restricted to 153 for nine to pave the way for a seven-wicket reverse at home to Blidworth.

Blidworth’s change bowlers Lewis Robinson (three for 27 in 13 overs), Richard Maltby-Smith (two for 18 in four) and Craig Turton (two for 43 in 13) inflicted most of the damage on Monday -- after Adam Rostance (30, six fours) had got Papplewick off to a sound start.

Once Rostance had departed, wickets fell at regular intervals, despite an unbeaten 28 (four fours) from Callum Birkin, 18 from Joe Gill and 16s from Sam Stewart and Jonathan Thrower.

The visitors raced to their target inside 35 overs thanks to 64 (one six and seven fours) from Chris Spence, 47 not out (seven fours) from David Hall and 35 (four fours) from David Willcock.

Papplewick gave themselves a chance in Saturday’s match when keeping Edwinstowe down to 184 for eight in their allotted 46 overs.

All five of their bowlers picked up wickets, most notably Stewart (two for 31 in nine overs) and Thrower (two for 35 in 13).

They forced the home team to rely heavily on dogged batting by Thomas Ward, who stayed 90 balls for 43 (four fours), followed by late defiance from Dave Stone (30, two sixes and four fours) and Paul Benson (27 not out, four fours).

But Papplewick’s reply was never at the races. It slid to 34 for four and 52 for six and only edged into three figures (106 all out) thanks to brief resistance by Charlie Blatherwick (24) and Gill (20).

Slipshod batting was also the reason behind a heavy defeat for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.

Asked to chase Cuckney 3rd’s total of 201 for nine, Papplewick had no answer to the bowling of James Wilson, who recorded terrific figures of six for 17 from only 11 overs.

Wilson removed four of the top five in the order, including Sam Straw (19), and was ably assisted by Richard Moss (two for 33 in 11 overs).

As the locals crashed to 97 all out, the only player to fend off the inevitable was James Stokes with an unbeaten 29 (four fours).

Earlier Stokes had also taken two for 42 in 13 overs with the ball -- but only after Cuckney openers Ben Wilson (59, eight fours) and Philip Calcraft (34, five fours) had steered their side to 123 for two.

The pair were finally removed by evergreen captain Andy Paulson, who took four for 31 from 13 overs, alongside Aaron Tinker (three for 37 in seven).