A magnificent century by South African star Dale Campbell failed to prevent a narrow defeat for HUCKNALL in their latest Mansfield and District Sunday League, Premier Section match.
Chasing a target of 211 for victory at home to fellow mid-tablers Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Hucknall fell 14 runs short -- despite a knock of 102 by Campbell.
Opening the innings, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper, fresh from his unbeaten 85 the previous day, cracked 17 boundaries and shared what looked like being a matchwinning stand of 92 for the second wicket with Robin Maxwell.
But once Maxwell had been trapped lbw by Robert Townsend (three for 45 in eight overs), Campbell ran out of support at the other end.
Hucknall’s middle order was unhinged by Hosiery Mills’s Sri Lankan veteran Keshara Jayasinghe (three for 45 in ten overs), who bagged three wickets in rapid succession.
Campbell kept going and found a willing ally in skipper Max Thompson, whose 24 (three fours) helped the Springbok give the locals fresh hope.
But when Thompson was bowled by Matt New (two for 35 in seven overs) and Campbell finally went, caught off Kieron Garside (two for 38 in ten), Hucknall perished in the penultimate over.
Earlier Hosiery Mills had recovered well from a sticky start to post a total of 210 for seven in their allotted 40 overs.
Their mainstay was number three bat Townsend, who thumped 93, with help from Joe New (36) and Matt New (28).
All three were eventually removed by Thompson, who returned figures of four for 45 from eight overs and was Hucknall’s most effective bowler.
ANOTHER inspired spell of bowling by 15-year-old all-rounder Charlie Blatherwick protected PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY’s unbeaten record at the top of Section Four.
Two weeks after taking seven wickets in a match, Blatherwick grabbed five more as Papplewick battered bottom-of-the-table Cutthorpe by eight wickets.
He was sent into the fray as third change and returned five for 16 in only six overs.
Among his victims was Cutthorpe’s top scorer, opener Ian Thompson, who made a patient 45 (five fours) from 90 balls.
Because of Blatherwick, who was helped by two stumpings and a catch from wicketkeeper Sam Straw, the visitors plunged from 75 for two to 98 for seven and eventually finished their allotted 40 overs on 119 for nine.
Teammate Alex Hudson also deserved credit. Not only did he produce the tidiest of bowling spells (two for eight in seven overs), he also held a couple of catches.
In reply, Papplewick coasted home in just 17 overs, with opener Ross Fitz-John hammering a swift 51 that included a six and nine fours.
Fitz-John shared 80 for the first wicket with Adam Rostance (22, four fours) before Antony Woolley (24 not out, three fours) and Joe Walker (13 not out) finished the job off.
AN extraordinary local derby in Section Five resulted in a win for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND -- even though they were bowled out for just 78!
For Papplewick responded by skittling Newstead-based home side BYRON ABBEY for only 29! And one of their bowlers, Tom Sisson, took five wickets for just one run in a remarkable seven-over spell.
Needless to say, the wicket at Newstead Abbey Park was not the best. The visitors did occupy the crease for 38 overs, with Steve Betteridge making 23. But the Byron bowlers took most of the honours, most notably Lee Christie (three for eight), Chris Cook (three for nine) and Neil Atkin (three for 21).
Any hopes of an easy home win were soon dashed, though, as their reply crumbled inside 23 overs.