A terrific century by Tom Bowers helped PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND cement their position at the top of the Mansfield Sunday League’s Fifth Section.
Opener Bowers hit 103 (one six and 17 fours) as Papplewick chased down an Anston 2nd total of 230 for six.
Skipper Steve Betteridge also made 39 not out (five fours) and George Stewart 30 as the locals coasted home with 21 balls to spare. Bowers and Stewart put on 147 for the third wicket.
Earlier, Connor Graham had been the mainstay for home team Anston, cracking 95 not out (one six and 15 fours), despite three wickets for Aaron Tinker.
THE BIG match of the day in Section Four of the Mansfield and District Sunday League resulted in only the second defeat of the season for leaders PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY.
Taking on second-placed Alfreton, Papplewick slid to a three-wicket defeat in an exciting tussle that was not settled until the last over.
Batting first, the locals quickly lost openers Anthony Rostance and his dad Kevin Rostance before knocks of 56 from Ross Fitz-John (one six and nine fours) and Jack McCann (four fixes and six fours) initiated a recovery.
Fitz-John shared stands of 42 with Richard Hodgkinson (18) and McCann, who helped Phil Rostance (24 not out, three fours) put on 49 to help retrieve a shaky 106 for five.
Next, 22 (five fours) from last man Dave Summers pushed the final total to 199, despite a late burst of wickets from Sam Pilkington (four for 43 in six overs).
However, Alfreton’s reply was soon in full stride as openers John Aspinall (89) and James Aspinall (20, three fours) embarked on a first-wicket stand of 98.
The former hammdered five sixes and 12 fours in a crash-bang-wallop knock that lasted only 51 balls.
Once had gone, Papplewick fought back in the hands of Alex Hudson (three for 20 in ten overs) and Kevin Rostance (two for 21 in five).
But the home side had just enough, and a crucial innings of 45 (six fours) from skipper Tom Pawelski helped them over the line with four balls left.