THE CONTRASTING fortunes of leaders Cuckney and struggling Papplewick and Linby were ruthlessly illustrated as the locals were outclassed by 160 runs in the Notts Premier League.
PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 145
Papplewick are enduring a painful campaign, and with four matches remaining find themselves languishing third from bottom in the table with just two wins all season.
It was perhaps the worst possibly time to come up against a Cuckney side sitting pretty at the top of the league and brimming with confidence.
And they showed all the hallmarks of champions elect as they amassed a total of more than six an over as Papp employed six bowlers in an effort to stem the flow of runs.
Opener Adam Burgess set the tone as he hit 39 (seven fours) and helped put on 40 runs for the opening wicket.
It was Gareth Blinkhorn who made the breakthrough, but although he went on to take three wickets in total, he conceded 71 runs off just ten overs.
Fellow strike bowler Jim Rhodes was also unusually expensive as he conceded the same total off 14 overs with just one wicket to his name late in the day.
Papplewick’s hopes of a much-needed win were then left remote at best when Nick Langford embarked on an outstanding innings of 101 spiced with ten boundaries.
Further knocks of 29 from Thomas Ullyott (one six and three fours) and 45 not out from Ian Parkin (two sixes and four fours from 27 deliveries) took the match away from the locals despite the efforts of captain Matthew Dowman (four for 50 from ten overs).
After tea, Kiwi Warren Nel fell with the score on one and wickets tumbled at regular intervals, despite 40 from Jim Rhodes (seven fours), 32 from Mark Nelson (one six and six fours) and 26 from Eamonn Vines (four fours).
The reply was over 18 overs short of the allotted 50 as all the Cuckney bowlers enjoyed their work.
Parkin (four for 17 from five overs), Luke Wood )three for 43 from 8.5), Kieron Garside (two for 30 from seven) and Richard Stroh (one for 52 from 11) shared the wickets.