Jubilant PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY cracked open the champagne twice after clinching TWO Mansfield and District Sunday League titles on the same day.
Papplewick’s youthful first eleven were crowned champions of Section Four after defeating bottom-of-the-table Mansfield 2nd in their penultimate fixture.
And their second eleven academy team sealed the Section Five championship after sweeping aside Ashover 2nd.
The first team mauled Mansfield with familiar ease, dismissing their visitors for just 100 in 26.5 overs after putting them into bat.
Opening bowlers James Stokes (three for 19 in seven overs) and Ross Fitz-John (three for 22 in eight) set the tone with three wickets apiece.
And the innings was quickly completed by a burst of three more wickets, inside only 17 balls, from Reuben Singh (three for three).
The only batsmen to offer any defiance were William Parker with 34 (six fours) at number six and skipper Damian Colley with 17 (three fours) at number three. Without 26 extras, Mansfield wouldn’t have made three figures.
In reply, Papplewick wasted no time hurrying to their target inside 22 overs.
Ok, they did lose six wickets along the way, including three in 32 balls to Callum McGee (three for 27).
But early contributions of 36 (four fours) and 21 from openers Charlie Blatherwick and Joe Walker respectively rendered the outcome inevitable.
Meanwhile Papplewick 2nd were toasting their captain, Steve Betteridge, after a matchwinning knock against Ashover.
Betteridge watched with horror as his side slumped to 18 for four, but rode to the rescue with a fine 78, going in at number six. He shared stands of 58 with Andy Paulson (27) and 46 with Sam Stewart (26) that enabled Papplewick to post a total of 176
Ashover’s reply was shambolic as they plunged to ten for four and 83 all out inside 26 overs. They failed to handle Papplewick’s three frontline bowlers, Stewart (three for 15 in seven overs), Joe Newton (three for 20 in six) and Paulsion (two for 17 in six).
LOOKING almost sure to be promoted alongside Papplewick 2nd are Newsteadbased BYRON ABBEY after an excellent four-wicket win at Chesterfield.
Byron restricted the home side to 158 for six in their allotted 40 overs, with Chris Curtis returning impressive figures of three for 23 in ten overs.
And then they launched a confident, fluent reply that eased them home with seven balls to spare.
Openers Gary Devonshire (47) and Phil Collins (42) led the way before Matt Thrower (22) and skipper Matthew Guy (16) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
IN THE Premier Section, mid-table HUCKNALL showed what they are capable of, inflicting a five-wicket defeat on tabletopping champions-elect Anston.
With William Spray, Harry Finch and Robin Maxwell taking two wickets apiece, Anston’ could make only 144 for eight. Hucknall raced home with more than six overs to spare thanks largely to 70 (two sixes and eight fours) from South African opener Dale Campbell, who shared 84 for the first wicket with George Buckthorpe (19).