One of the few Mansfield Sunday League matches to escape the clutches of the wet weather was lit up by an amazing spell of bowling from young Charlie Blatherwick.
All-rounder Blatherwick, who is fast emerging as one of the brightest teenage talents in the Dispatch district, took SEVEN wickets in only TEN overs for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY.
After posting a healthy total of 248 for four in their allotted 40 overs, Papplewick were on the receiving end of a century partnership by opponents Alfreton’s opening batsmen.
Ryan Bramwell fired a run-a-ball 68, including one six and eight fours, and skipper Tom Pawelski compiled a patient 63 (two sixes and seven fours) as the pair put on 101.
But then 15-year-old Blatherwick, who is the eldest son of former Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield footballer Steve Blatherwick (40), intervened.
Brought into the attack as third-change, he transformed the match, having Bramwell stumped by wicketkeeper Daniel Stokes and going on to figures of seven for 15.
By the time he also trapped Pawelski lbw, Alfreton were hanging on for dear life and ended up on 159 for eight to claim a losing draw.
Earlier, Papplewick’s six-an-over run-charge had been led by Antony Woolley, who cracked an undefeated 80 (seven fours), going in at number four.
Woolley shared stands of 64 for the third wicket with Joe Walker (32) and 78 for the fifth wicket with Sam Straw (23 not out).
All this after a perfect platform for the innings had been laid by openers Ross Fitz-John and Tom Simpson, who put on 83 for the first wicket.
Captain Fitz-John hammered 59 (two sixes and nine fours) off only 37 balls, while Simpson added 30 (three fours).
The only Alfreton bowler to get to grips with the Papplewick assault was James Fletcher, who returned tidy figures of one for 31 from ten overs.