CRICKET: Cuckney cock-up is worst display of year

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PAPPLEWICK and Linby’s worst performance of the season so far resulted in a deserved defeat at the hands of early-season high-fliers Cuckney in the Notts Premier League.

PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 129

CUCKNEY 130-4

Skipper Matthew Dowman opted to bat and was soon leading his side to 57 without loss, alongside Eamonn Vines (11).

But then home bowler Richard Stroh (two for 26 in 12 overs) had Vines caught and Dowman trapped lbw for 45 (one six and seven fours).

And the rest of the day added up to pure misery for Papplewick as they failed to wrest themselves from Cuckney’s grip.

Only two other batsmen mustered double figures — second-team recruit Adam Rostance (18), who grafted away for 48 deliveries, and Jim Rhodes (15).

But eventually, they and the rest capitulated against fine bowling by Ian Parkin, who took five for 20 in 11.5 overs, and William Butler, who weighed in with two for 24 in ten.

In effect, all ten Papplewick wickets fell for only 72 runs, leaving Cuckney with a relatively straightforward task in reply, especially with the visitors’ attack sorely lacking new-ball support for Rhodes.

The ever-reliable Rhodes (two for 30 from 15 overs) did collect a couple of wickets. But only after Stroh (23, four fours) and Adam Burgess (22, three fours) had put on 63 for the first wicket.

Cuckney were also gifted help in the form of 31 extras, including 16 wides. Four wides were bowled by each of Rhodes’s opening-attack partners, Jonathan Thrower (six overs for 31 runs) and Dowman (one for ten in three overs).

Once their openers had been removed, Cuckney also lost Nick Langford and William Root cheaply, both trapped lbw, to leave them shaking momentarily on 87 for four.

But the status quo was restored by Thomas Ullyott (26 not out) and skipper Butler (23 not out), whose undefeated partnership of 43 got the home team to their target by the 38th over.

Ullyott struck one six and two fours in his careful 57-ball innings, while Butler fired a couple of boundaries in his 37-ball stay.