Nelson Lords it over leaders for Papplewick

LORD NELSON -- a sparkling, unbeaten century by Papplewick and Linby's Mark Nelson stunned tabletopping Clipstone Welfare
LORD NELSON -- a sparkling, unbeaten century by Papplewick and Linby's Mark Nelson stunned tabletopping Clipstone Welfare

Magnificent batting by Mark Nelson led a three-man assault by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY that shellshocked Bassetlaw League tabletoppers Clipstone Welfare.

Clipstone, who had lost only one of their opening 12 games this season in The Championships, looked to have put the match out of sight when posting a big total of 253 in their allotted 50 overs.

But Nelson had other ideas, unleashing a thrilling knock of 118 not out as resurgent Papplewick raced to their third victory on the spin.

Opener Alex Lloyd also lashed an entertaining 61, while Gareth Blinkhorn (52 not out) weighed in with a half-century of his own as the locals bounced confidently to their target with no fewer than 27 balls to spare.

Among the bowlers feeling the force in the Clipstone attack were ex-Rolls-Royce Leisure duo Jason Gorman (twoi for 40 in seven overs) and Liaqat Ali (two for 39 in ten overs).

Both performed adequately. Indeed Gorman had the visitors struggling at one point on 31 for two after renoving Joe Walker and Ross Fitz-John. But the same could not be said for Ian Woodall, who was sent for 81 in 15 overs, nor Taylor Wright, whose one over cost 20 at the height of the Papplewick onslaught. Lee Wilson was also dispatched for 37 runs in five overs.

Going in at four, Nelson occupied the crease for 113 balls and smacked seven sixes and eight fours.

After putting on 63 for the third wicket with Lloyd (three sixes and seven fours), he had to endure a wobble as his side lost three wickets for 24 runs, inclouding two to Laiqat.

But once he had been joined by Blinkhorn, the innings was transformed. From 118 for five, the pair shared an unbroken partnership worth 136 runs that hurried them to victory.

Blinkhorn was in the form of his life, stroking seven boundaries in a 70-ball effort.

Such an outcome had seemed so unlikely before tea when Clipstone enjoyed a run spree of their own.

They were on the front foot from the off, with openers Justin Braithwaite and Taylor Wright putting on 78 for the first wicket to tame Papplewick’s new-ball duo of Ross Fitz-John and Richard Hodgkinson.

Braithwaite belted three sixes and nine fours in his 61, while Wright hit five fours in a patient 45.

Craig Brittlebank thrashed a breezy 35 (two sixes and five fours) and Josh Flowers 26 (one six and three fours) before the innings was topped off by an unbeaten 53 (eight fours) from Scott Powell.

To their credit, the Papplewick bowlers kept plugging away, even when too expensive.

Hodgkinson followed up his matchwinning exploits of the previkous week with four for 89 in 15 overs, while Ftiz-Johnfinished with two for 71 from 13.

Captain Jim Rhodes delayed his entrance until third change, but was the most economical of the trio with one for 56 from 15 .