Papplewick can clinch Sunday title today

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Top-of-the-table PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY can clinch the Mansfield and District Sunday League, Section Four title this weekend after sailing to another success.

Papplewick’s winning draw at home to Belper Meadows last Sunday means they are only a few more points away from wrapping up the title.

They are already guaranteed promotion after a display against Belper that featured three of their batsmen compiling half-centuries -- just as happened with the club’s Saturday first-team 24 hours earlier.

The happy trio this time were openers Ross Fitz-John and Joe Walker and 15-year-old all-rounder Charlie Blatherwick.

Skipper Fitz-John top scored with 55 (ten fours) off only 39 balls. But only one run behind him was Walker with 54 (five fours). And only one further run behind him was Blatherwick, who made 53 (six fours) at number four.

They helped Papplewick to a total of 211 for six in their allotted 40 overs, with Walker anchoring stands of 64 with Fitz-John and 92 with Blatherwick. Tom Simpson also added 20.

Belper were never in the hunt after enduring a disastrous start to their reply. They slid to 15 for five against the bowling of Jonathan Thrower (four for 23 in ten overs) and Fitz-John (two for 33 in nine).

Papplewick couldn’t kill them off, though, despite a return of three for 31 in six overs from Alex Hudson. And after defiant knocks of 36 from David Farnsworth, 31 from Daniel Kelly and 30 from Matt Jones, a last-wicket stand of 31 enabled Belper to hang on for a draw at 165 for nine.

NOT even another fifty from South African Dale Campbell could stave off a six-wicket defeat for HUCKNALL in the Premier Section.

Opener Campbell hit 72 (two sixes and ten fours) off only 52 balls as Hucknall made 218. Joe Todhunter added 33 and Jimmy Guthrie 24 not out.

However, visitors Mansfield replied with 221 for four, which revolved around 83 (16 fours) from opener Blake Walter and 53 from Thomas Antcliffe.