CRICKET: Undercooked Papplewick aren’t Sunday best

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AN undercooked batting performance sentenced Papplewick and Linby to a hefty five-wicket reverse in their latest Newark Sunday Alliance, Division One outing.

The final result was a far cry from the outset of the match, which started so well for the home side at Papplewick Hall.

For openers Eamonn Vines (14, one four) and South African Warren Nel put on 53 for the first wicket. But the match was turned on its head when change bowlers, New Zealander Anaru Kitchen and Jacob Devin-Baker, were brought into the attack.

Despite 47 (one six and six fours) from Nel, Papplewick lost their way — and nine wickets for just 83 runs in a total of 139 for nine in 40 overs.

Kitchen finished with three for 12 from eight miserly overs, while Devin-Baker took two for 18 from eight despite 14 from Joe Walker and 18 (two fours) from Jonathan Thrower.

Thrower (one for 19 from 6.4 overs) then raised Papplewick hopes when removing opener Ben Carr with the score on nine. And when Sam Stewart (one for 12 from six) had Jake Fish caught to make it 17 for two, the locals were firmly in the game.

But the visitors had Michael Bratt (19), Elliot Wright (36, four fours), Kitchen (18, one six) and Rob Sutton (36 not out, two sixes and one four) to thank as they eventually cruised home with fully ten overs to spare.

ELSEWHERE on the Sunday scene, local teams were either not in action or their scheduled matches were cancelled.