Derby romp fuels title fever at Papplewick and Linby

DERBY DRIVING FORCE   --   opening bat Adam Rostance, pictured driving through the covers, shared an unbroken stand that eased Papplewick to victory
DERBY DRIVING FORCE -- opening bat Adam Rostance, pictured driving through the covers, shared an unbroken stand that eased Papplewick to victory

Excitement is mounting in the PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY camp as their bid for a speedy return to the Notts Premier League (NPL) gathered more momentum.

A ten-wicket demolition of local-derby rivals Notts and Arnold Amateurs lifted Papplewick into third spot in the Bassetlaw League’s Championship table.

It was their seventh win in eight matches and although they still have work to do to catch the top two, Farnsfield and Clipstone Welfare, promotion back to the NPL, from where they were relegated last season, is a distinct possibility.

Amateurs’ eclipse effectively destroyed their title hopes, so it’s a three-team race with four matches to play.

And the key contest could well come on Saturday 30th August when Papplewick entertain Farnsfield at Papplewick Hall.

The locals must also travel to Thoresby Colliery and Worksop before finishing the season with a home match against Killamarsh Juniors.

Farnsfield’s other three fixtures are at home to Caythorpe 2nd and Thores by and away to Notts and Arnold Amateurs.

Clipstone’s remaining schedule features home games against Kiveton Park Colliery and North Wheatley with Leverton, plus away trips to Glapwell Colliery and Caythorpe 2nd.

Papplewick’s rout of Amateurs at Goosedale demonstrated their new-found confidence. Sri Lankan all-rounder Kosala Kulasekara wasn’t even required to bat or bowl.

As they rolled out the home team for just 71 in 26.4 overs, Ross Fitz-John took most of the plaudits for a return of six for 26 in 13. But Richard Hodgkinson (two for 18 in 6.4) and skipper Jim Rhodes (one for 24 in seven) also made valuable contributions in a perfect bowling display.

Only three Amateurs batsmen reached double figures -- and yet, in reply, Papplewick strode to their target without losing a wicket.

Openers Alex Lloyd and Adam Rostance knocked off the runs inside 15 overs without any alarms, putting on 72.

Lloyd cracked a run-a-ball 49 that in cluded two sixes and eight fours, while a more sedate Rostance anchored with 22 not out at the other end.