Papplewick and Linby in for the Kill to finish season third

KING RICHARD  --   former Notts and Derbyshire bowler Richard Hodgkinson was among the wickets in Papplewickand Linby's last game of the season.

KING RICHARD -- former Notts and Derbyshire bowler Richard Hodgkinson was among the wickets in Papplewickand Linby's last game of the season.

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A victorious finale left PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY content with third place in their first season back in the Bassetlaw League.

After an uncomfortable start to life in The Championship top flight, following relegation from the Notts Premier League, Papplewick found their feet nicely.

And they topped off their campaign last Saturday with a cosy five-wicket success at home to bottom-of-the-table Killamarsh Juniors.

It was their tenth victory in 22 outings and although they finished fully 50 points behind runners-up Clipstone Welfare, and 56 adrift of promoted champions Farnsfield, they were well clear of the team in fourth and must start next term among the title favourites.

Skipper Jim Rhodes returned to the fray for the last fixture and put Killamarsh into bat on winning the toss.

It was a decision quickly justified as the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals. Indeed they slid from 60 for two to 67 for seven and 85 for eigtht at one stage before a rallying cameo of defiance from their own captain, Parminder Mudhar, who slammed 46 (two sixes ans six fours) in a ninth-wicket partnership of 50.

Mudhar was eventually dismissed by Jonathan Thrower (two for three in 13 balls), who was one of six Papplewick bowlers to take wickets. The pick were Richard Hodgkinson (three for 12 in six overs), young spinner Reuben Singh (two for 43 in 11) and Rhodes himself (one for 25 in 11).

Chasing 142, the locals knocked off the runs inside 28 overs, despite tenacious bowling by Paul Clarke (three for 48 in ten overs).

Nearly all their frontline batsmen contributed, with Tom Bowers top scoring on 35 (two sixes and three fours).

Bowers put on 56 for the third wicket with Adam Rostance (21, three fours) -- after opener Fitz-John had also fired 21 (four fours).

Gareth Blinkhorn added 15 before the last stand of the season fittingly involved Rhodes (11 not out), who shared an unbroken 25 with veteran Robin Rhodes (22 not out, four fours) enjoying a rare run out for the first eleven.