Leaders Papplewick lord it over Byron

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The local derby, hailed as a title decider in the Mansfield and District Sunday League, ended in champagne and cheers for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND.

Top-of-the-table Papplewick, who have suffered only one defeat all season, entertained Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY who, realistically, were the only side capable of catching them.

Confident Byron were on a run of sparkling form, but were ripped to shreds by the home side, who dismissed them for just 93 in 33.3 overs en route to a four-wicket win that left them 43 points clear at the top with two matches to play.

The visitors never got into their stride after losing three cheap early wickets to impressive duo, Joe Newton (three for 17 in 5.3 overs) and Sam Stewart (two for 15 in seven).

Opener Gary Devonshire was bowled for one and both Sam Greig and skipper Matt guy were trapped lbw for ducks.

Matt Thrower (13) followed soon afterwards, so it was left to middle-order men Chris Curtis and Chris Dwan to try and resurrect the innings.

Curtis made 30 (five fours) and Dwan 25 (three fours), but it wasn’t long before Papplewick were firmly in control again.

Wily first-change bowler Andy Paulson took four for 15 in a key seven-over stint that included the wicket of Curtis, bowled. And Tom Simpson (one for nine in six overs) also weighed in with an effective spell.

In reply, Papplewick appeared to be cruising in the hands of Tom Bowers (38, seven fours) and Sam Paulson (19 not out), despite the early loss of Dan Simpson for seven.

But Byron bowler Gary Devonshire was determined to make a match of it and suddenly interrupted proceedings with a burst of four for 30 in ten overs.

The home side were shaken but still managed to limp over the finishing line on 94 for six by the 31st over.

ALL-ROUNDER Rob Townsend was the scourge of HUCKNALL, who were sent spinning to a surprise defeat against bottom-of-the-table Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the Premier Section.

Townsend took six for 23 in only seven overs as depleted Hucknall were bowled out for 128 in 32 overs.

And he followed up with a knock of 51 not out as Hosiery Mills reached their target for the loss of only one wicket and in just 21 overs.

Townsend shared a terrific, unbroken stand with Sri Lankan Keshara Jayasinghe (65 not out).