CRICKET: Dispatch distrist’s top side blow it in crazy finale

ANGRY Papplewick and Linby threw away victory in a nailbiting finish to their latest Notts Premier League match at home to Caythorpe.

CAYTHORPE 223-9

PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 222-7

Chasing 224, Papplewick looked certain to collect as they eased to 209 for three after another half-century from eyecatching new signing Warren Nel.

But somehow they let it slip and needing two from the last ball, they had Jim Rhodes trapped lbw to fall one run short and be left with the dubious consolation of a losing draw.

Instead of 20 points that would have lifted them to third in the table, Papplewick picked up only nine and slid down to eighth.

The day had started with Caythorpe opting to bat first and quickly losing opener Gurpej Landa for one to Brad Matthews (one for 45 in 15 overs).

But they recovered well in the hands of former Notts CCC man Darren Bicknell (33, five fours), who put on 59 for the second wicket with James Hawley (25, three fours).

The pair fell in quick succession before another profitable partnership — this time worth 81 for the fourth wicket between Steve Allcoat and Josh Mierkalns.

Wicketkeeper Allcoat held the innings together with a fine 73 (two sixes and six fours) from 78 balls, while Mierkalns added 35 (five fours).

Papplewick fought back with a burst of five wickets for 35 runs, led by impressive young spinner Dane Straw, who bagged four for 50 from ten overs.

But then came a sting in the tail from Caythorpe as Allcoat found another willing ally in number ten Usman Muzaffar (17), who helped put on a vital 30 for the ninth wicket.

The foundations of Papplewick’s reply were laid by a solid, if unspectacular, first-wicket stand of 73 between captain Matthew Dowman (32, five fours) and new signing Eamonn Vines.

The stand saw off the new-ball threat of James Hemmings, son of former England spinner Eddie, and paved the way for another onslaught by Nel.

Teenager Vines, who continues to catch the eye, stroked 51 (one six and seven fours) from 93 balls and went on to share 48 for the second wicket with Nel.

The South African cracked 68, which included two sixes and seven fours, and shared 50 for the third wicket with Mark Nelson (29).

Quite where it went wrong, it’s hard to fathom. Only 15 were needed when Nel was fourth man out, the second of three victims for Tim Haines (three for 43 from 15 overs).

But then both Ed Somekh and Matthews fell cheaply before the crazy finale.