Relieved PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND escaped relegation with victory in their last match of the Bassetlaw League, Second Division season.
In a nailbiting finale, Papplewick knew that nothing less than victory would do because their closest rivals for the drop, near-neighbours Notts and Arnold Amateurs 2nd, were sure to win their final fixture against doomed bottom team Kiveton Park Colliery 2nd.
Mid-table Killamarsh Juniors 2nd provided the opposition. And Mark Shaw’s team duly strode to a five-wicket triumph to collect a maximum haul of 20 points and finish seven above Amateurs.
Shaw himself was one of the heroes because his swashbuckling, unbeaten knock of 37 (one six and seven fours) steered Papplewick to their target after rolling out Killamarsh for 140.
His team’s reply was stuttering on 99 for five when he took the bull by the horns and bossed an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 46 with Callum Birkin (ten not out). Earlier runs had been supplied by Michael South (27, three fours), Antony Woolley (25, four fours) and Joe Gill (22, four fours).
Killamarsh’s innings had started and finished disastrously against fine bowling by Sam Stewart (five for 46 in 11.4 overs.
It relied heavily on two contributions -- from opener Mike Long, who hit 48 (one six and seven fours) to turn 32 for four into 87 for five, and from tailender Peter Robinson, who blasted a rapid 51 (three sixes and five fours) off only 24 balls to boss an eighth-wicket stand of 52.
ALREADY-relegated PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD collected a rare victory in their penultimate match at the bottom of the Fifth Di vision.
Papplewick beat Mansfield 3rd by 48 runs for only their second success of a grim campaign.
Recovering from ten for three, they totalled 175 for nine in their allotted 46 overs -- thanks in no small measure to 36 extras and a last-wicket stand of 44 between veterans Rob Stewart (25 not out) and Kevin Rostance (16 not out).
Another golden oldie, Andy Paulson, then took five for 19 in 10.1 overs as Mansfield crashed from 79 for two to 127 all out.