A TURBULENT Notts Premier League (NPL) season for Papplewick and Linby ended with a rare smidgen of respite as they completed only their fifth victory.
Papplewick have finished tenth in the NPL with their lowest points’ tally. But at least they rounded off on a high, defeating bottom-of-the-table no-hopers Kiveton Park Colliery by six wickets.
The match was another triumph for one of their few success-stories this summer, batsman Alex Lloyd, who took his NPL runs’ tally for the season to 717, lifting him to eighth in the batting averages.
Opener Lloyd made 84 (two sixes and nine fours) this time as Papplewick comfortably chased down a target of 184.
He shared 119 for the first wicket with Tim Clarke (34) before knocks of 24 not out (one six and three fours) from Mark Nelson and 14 from Husnain Riaz helped the home side over the finishing line — despite a haul of four for 44 from ten overs by Kiveton bowler Luke Donaghy.
The visitors, who were crowned Bassetlaw League champions last season, had made a bright start to their innings in the hands of opener Chris Hadley (61, three sixes and three fours).
But from 83 for one, they sank to 136 for six against good bowling by Brad Matthews (two for 16 in seven overs) and Riaz (two for 38 in eight).
Tailender Donaghy thumped a rapid 30 (one six and five fours) before the innings was wrapped up at 183 by Jim Rhodes (two for 26 in 11.5 overs).