Crushed Papplewick given the runaround

Papplewick and Linby v Welbeck.'Doug Morton calls for a single for Papplewick and Linby.
Papplewick and Linby v Welbeck.'Doug Morton calls for a single for Papplewick and Linby.

The limitations of PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY’S bowling attack were brutally exposed in a landslide defeat at home to Welbeck Colliery.

Welbeck began the day only just above bottom team Papplewick in the Notts Premier League table.

But they cruised to a ten-wicket success to inflict the seventh reverse of the campaign on the locals from only ten matches.

Not even the ever-reliable Jim Rhodes could carry the Papplewick attack this time round -- although his 11 overs were as accurate as ever, leaking only 31 runs.

At the other end, Gareth Blinkhorn (nine overs for 39 runs), Kieron McComb (11 overs for 45), Michael South (5.4 for 42) and Jack McIver (seven overs for 35) all toiled hard.

But none could trouble Welbeck’s opening batsmen, Matthew Higgins and Martin Dobson, who carried their bats to canter past the home team’s target of 189.

Higgins was in particularly productive form, hammering four sixes and 12 fours in an unbeaten 103 from 140 balls.

While captain Dobson underlined his reputation as one of the most consistent batsmen in the league by hitting 74 not out (three sixes and six fours).

The pair put on 193 to ease Welbeck home by the 44th over.

Earlier Dobson had won the toss and asked Papplewick to bat first. And his decision was quickly justified as his new-ball bowlers Rob French and Ashley Willis reduced a predominantly young and inexperienced home side to 28 for four.

French trapped opener Adam Rostance lbw for five, bbowled Joe Walker for nought and had Tom Bowers caught for six,

He later returned for a second spell that accounted for a couple of tailenders and left him with superb figures of six for 35 from ten overs.

Willis returned three for 25 from eight overs, and Papplewick were only rescued from their pickle because two batsmen stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Mark Nelson showed glimpses of his best by cracking 73, which included two sixes and eight fours.

And fresh recruit Doug Morton compiled his second successive half-century to show that he could develop into a shrewd acquisition by the club. Morton made 67 (two sixes and nine fours) from only 59 balls.

The pair shared a stand of 121 for the fifth wicket. But remarkably, they were the only players to make double figures and once they had been split, when Morton was bowled by Andy Marchant, the Papplewick innings rapidly subsided.

Indeed the final five wickets fell for only seven runs -- the last as early as the 37th over.