Rampant Papplewick’s best display of season

PROUD CAPTAIN -- Jim Rhodes, who took seven wickets and led Papplewick and Linby to a runaway win.
PROUD CAPTAIN -- Jim Rhodes, who took seven wickets and led Papplewick and Linby to a runaway win.

Four outstanding individual performances fuelled the best performance of the season so far by resurgent PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY in the Bassetlaw League.

Explosive batting featured an unbeaten century by Ross Fitz-John, plus knocks of 91 from Mark Nelson and 77 from Alex Lloyd.

And then, as Papplewick demolished Anston by a massive 193-run margin, captain Jim Rhodes topped it all off with seven wickets.

It was the fourth successive victory for Rhodes’s troops -- and against a side as high as third in the table.

Now they believe they can yet have a say in the promotion race in their first season back in the Bassetlaw’s Championship after relegation last term.

Amazingly, the catalyst for the display was Sheffield visitors Anston winning the toss and deciding to put Papplewick in.

They picked up the early wicket of young opener Joe Walker. But from then on, the home side took control, with Lloyd bossing a second-wicket stand of 107 with Fitz-John.

The blond bombshell stroked 77, including 12 fours, off only 74 balls. And after he had been bowled, Fitz-John and Nelson treated the Papplewick Hall crowd to a midsummer treat.

Nelson, fresh from his ton of the previous week, smacked thre e sixes and ten fours, while Fitz-John struck one six and nine fours on his way to 102 not out. The pair put on 151 for the third wicket as Papplewick amassed 284 in their allotted 50 overs.

Anston were left with a mammoth task, which soon became an impossible once Rhodes started to wreak havoc with the ball.

In an unbroken stint of 13 overs, he took seven for 39, with all his victims, who included the top five in the order, bowled, caught behind or trapped lbw. Textbook stuff.

The shellshocked visitors were reduced to 29 for six at one stage and only limped towards three figures thanks to number eight bat, Josh Littlewood, who held things up for a whilw with an unbeaten 40 (seven fours).

Littlewood put on 51 for the seventh wicket with Edward Ellis (15, three fours). But then Rhodes removed Ellis and after Alex Hudson (two for 25 in 5.5 overs) had dislodged the last tailenders, the game was up.

Anston were skittled for 91 in under 26 overs.