Get over here as a soon as possible! That’s the SOS message to PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY’S new overseas star after two defeats on the opening weekend of the 2013 season.
Former New Zealand international Lou Vincent (34) has been snapped up as Papplewick’s captain in a bid to revive their flagging Notts Premier League (NPL) fortunes.
But he was unable to make the first match last Saturday because of commitments in his home country. And Papplewick sank to a four-wicket defeat against Plumtree, who finished only just above them in the table last term.
Worse was to come the following day when the locals were knocked out of the ECB National Club Championship in the First Round. Sandiacre Town were their conquerors in Regional Group Three.
However, Papplewick were far from disgraced against Sandiacre, who were champions of the Derbyshire Premier League last summer.
Prospects looked bleak when the visitors’ opening bats, James Chapman (68, one six and five fours) and Jack Anderson (58, eight fours) put on 110 for the first wicket.
But Papplewick battled back gamely to restrict Sandiacre to a final total of 234 in their allotted 45 overs, with Gareth Blinkhorn taking for four 57.
Papplewick’s reply followed a similar pattern as they reached 138 for one in the hands of new signing Doug Morton (77, one six and nine fours), Alex Lloyd (28) and Tom Bowers (27).
But as they tried to up the tempo, they lost eight wickets for only 60 runs, including three run outs.
It had been a similar, frustrating story at home to Plumtree when a scoreboard that read 112 for one at one stage suddenly became 214 all out.
Opening bat Lloyd found a rich vein of form, hitting 87, including three sixes and six fours, and received support from Mark Nelson (24) and Morton (20).
But Muhammad Usman (five for 34 in ten overs) led the Plumtree fightback, which was held up only by resistance from tailenderBlinkhorn (29).
In reply, the visitors were always going strongly -- thanks to solid knocks from Joe Tetley (54, seven fours), opener Sam Storey (45, seven fours), Matt Wood (35) and skipper Ben Thompson (30 not out).
New spinner Kieron McComb took a couple of wickets for Papplewick, but the winning runs came with four overs to spare