WILD, wet and windy weather delayed PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY’S start to the new cricket season by another weekend.
Papplewick’s second Notts Premier League (NPL) game, away to Welbeck Colliery, was a victim of the amazing weather.
And so was their eagerly-anticipated toe-dipper in this season’s Kingfisher Beer ECB National Championship 24 hours later.
New captain Matt Dowman was scheduled to lead his troops to Rotherham for a Regional Group Two, First Round tie against Treeton. But the appropriately named Washfield Lane ground was waterlogged from early morning.
With the sides not even in a position to stage a bowl-out (cricket’s equivalent to a penalty shootout), the tie was re-arranged for this coming Sunday.
Treeton are one of the leading teams in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire League. Back in 2009, they thrashed Papplewick by 64 runs in this same competition, which climaxes with a final at Lord’s.
In the NPL, Papplewick have yet to face a ball in anger, so they will be hoping they finally get the campaign under way tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain local-derby rivals Kimberley at Papplewick Hall.
The match means a return to Papplewick Hall for two former players in Dan Birch and Simon Roberts, both of whom have joined Kimberley after helping Clifton Village to the NPL championship in recent seasons.
Kimberley were the only side to get their pitch fit for cricket last Saturday when entertaining newly-promoted Plumtree, who won the Gunn And Moore South Notts League title last summer.
The hosts made 218 for eight in their allotted 46 overs, with Birch firing 96. But Plumtree earned a draw with a solid reply of 190 for five.
THE WEATHER also took its toll on the programme of matches in the Bassetlaw League in which Papplewick’s second and third teams play.
But amazingly, PAPPLEWICK 3RD enjoyed a full day’s action when entertaining Cuckney 3rd at Burntstump Country Park in Division Five.
‘Enjoyed’ is probably not the right word to use, though, because they stuttered and spluttered to a 102-run defeat against a side who finished only one place above them last season.
Put into bat, Cuckney surprised all and sundry by making 200 for eight in their allotted 46 overs — thanks to runs all the way down their order.
Openers Connor Garnett (46, seven fours) and Jason Lucas (28, five fours) laid the foundation with a first-wicket stand of 58.
Papplewick used seven bowlers in a bid to wrest control, and most of the wickets were shared by Sam Fletcher (two for 27 in seven overs), skipper Neil South (two for 32 in eight), Alex Hudson (two for 36 in eight) and new signing Eamonn Vines (one for 24 in ten).
Vines then opened the locals’ reply with 23 (two sixes and two fours). But he lost his partner, Sam Wells, for a duck and it wasn’t long before Papplewick were struggling.
Of the rest of the batsmen, only Michael South (27, four fours) and dad Neil (12) reached double figures.
PAPPLEWICK 2ND also started their Second Division match at home to Farnsfield 2nd. But after reaching 51 for two, the weather forced them to give it up as a bad job.