Papplewick fear second successive relegation

STRUGGLING -- another defeat for Papplewick and Linby 2nd
STRUGGLING -- another defeat for Papplewick and Linby 2nd

Relegation is beckoning PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND for the second season running as their slide continued in Division Two of the Bassetlaw League.

Papplewick, who didn’t win a single match in 2013, appeared to have turned the corner earlier in the campaign.

But a 96-run defeat at home to tabletopping Grassmoor Works left them fourth from bottom in the table and needing another win or two quickly. They sit just 20 points in front of next-to-bottom Anston 2nd, who have a game in hand.

Mark Shaw’s men were happy to bowl out Grassmoor for 177, especially as the Derbyshire side were 107 for two at one stage after a fine knock of 60 (ten fours) from Adam Bedford.

James Stokes (three for 24 in 9.1 overs) and Richard Brown (three for 33 in eight overs) claimed three wickets apiece, and Sam Stewart (one for 29 in ten overs) was also economical.

However, Papplewick’s batting was a letdown. They couldn’t handle Grassmoor’s penetrative three-man attack of Ash Walters, Chris Fletcher and Craig Dawes and plunged to 81 all out inside 31 overs.

Walters took five for 38 in 13 overs, Fletcher three for 11 in 6.5 and Dawses one for 21 in nine.

Only three home batsmen mustered double figures -- Joe Gill (21), Michael South (19) and Amir Wahid (14).

BOOSTED by players returning from holiday, PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD were able to fulfil their Fifth Division fixture for the first time in three weeks.

But they were unable to stave off their 11th defeat in 16 matches at the foot of the table when travelling to Harthill 2nd.

With Aaron Tinker (one for 19 in 11 overs) bowling tidily, the Sheffield side were restricted to 185 for three in their allotted 46 overs. Knocks of 86 from opener Ian Batty and 75 not out from Chris Hopkinson formed the backbone of the innings.

Papplewick did well to recover from losing three cheap wickets at the start of their reply. Thomas Sisson struck 46, Dave Newton 43 and Antony Woolley 30. But they still succumbed to 141 all out, with Dave Chambers taking six for 40 in 12.2 overs.