Papplewick slip to bottom

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POOR Papplewick and Linby 2nd plunged to the foot of the Bassetlaw League’s First Division after another woeful batting performance.

The previous week, they were skittled for just 88. This time, they didn’t even manage that as leaders West Indian Cavaliers 2nd inflicted a 117-run defeat.

Now they are staring in the face their second successive relegation — unless skipper Robin Rhodes can conjure a miraculous improvement from his charges in the final three matches of the season.

Papplewick tackle fellow strugglers Newark Ransome and Marles and Whitwell on the next two Saturdays before travelling to title-chasing Clumber Park on the last day of the campaign on September 10.

Against Cavaliers, they did well to restrict the visitors to a sub-200 total, with Rhodes himself (two for 25 in 13 overs), Jonathan Thrower (two for 31 in seven) and Gareth Blinkhorn (two for 71 in 12) each claiming a couple of scalps.

However knocks of 49 (nine fours) from Kamran Afzaal, 39 (eight fours) from Patrick Gada and 28 (four fours) from skipper Shane Ghazni, plus 26 extras, added up to enough for Cavaliers.

In reply, Papplewick crumbled inside 26 overs, with Rhodes (21, four fours), Sam Fletcher (14) and Jamie Peat (11) the only players into double figures.

The two bowlers to cause all the damage were Imran Ali (five for 15 in nine overs) and Neneto Davis (four for 22 in seven).