A grim rearguard-action salvaged a losing draw from the wreckage of another disappointing performance by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.
Still waiting for their first win of the new season, Papplewick did well to restrict high-riding visitors Harthill 2nd to a total of 140 for eight in their allotted 46 overs.
But they found a sticky, rain-affected wicket even more troublesome and by the end, they were hanging on for dear life on 79 for nine.
They were struggling from the off, with Sam Paulson departing for a duck and George Stewart for one against Harthill’s effective bowling partnership of John Hill (three for 13 in 13 overs) and Dave Chambers (three for 34 in 13).
Anchorman Andy Rostance, who nudged his way to 22 from 75 balls, and Michael South (21) threatened to turn things round for the Papplewick side.
However, the persistent Chambers soon removed them both, and it was left to the rest of the order to keep the visitors at bay.
Captain Andy Paulson led the way, staying 43 balls for just 11 runs, and he received valuable help from fellow veteran Rob Stewart before tailenders Aaron Tinker and William Breedon clung on at the death.
Earlier Paulson had reminded all that he’s still a useful bowler too, taking four for 28 in eight overs when bringing himself on as third-change.
His spell helped Harthill plunge from 59 for one to 75 for six, and Papplewick might well have finished them off for less than 100 without a defiant knock of 30 (six fours) from Richard Beaman, who bossed a seventh-wicket stand of 45.
Mind you, Papplewick were also left cursing the concession of too many extras -- 33 in all.
THE Bassetlaw League, Second Division match between Grassmoor Works and PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND was called off without a ball being bowled after more heavy rain left the ground unfit for play.