Sensational bowling by seasoned campaigner Andy Paulson earned PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD a welcome second win of the season in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.
Captain Paulson, who only joined the club when Newstead Abbey folded a few weeks ago, was introduced to the Papplewick attack after a solid start by opponents Whitwell 2nd.
The score was 46 for one at the time. But by the time Paulson had finished, the Derbyshire visitors were 90 all out!
His final figures were seven wickets for eight runs from 12.4 overs, seven of which were maidens.
Two of his victims were bowled, two trapped lbw, two caught by Sam Straw and one -- top scoring opener Craig Sadler (19) -- caught by his son, Sam Paulson.
Aaron Tinker also took two for 15 from five overs, leaving Papplewick with a cosy run-chase.
They didn’t have it all their own way, losing five wickets. But a first-wicket stand of 46 between Sam Paulson (31) and Tom Simpson (22) ensured they got home by the 36th over.
Meanwhile bottom-of-the-table PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND are still waiting for their initial win of the First Division season after a two-wicket defeat at Clumber Park.
After a solid start by openings bats Adam Rostance (47, six fours) and Joe Walker (28, four fours), Papplewick lost their way and failed to accelerate.
Despite 16s from Sam Stewart and Adam Bettridge, they were restricted to 148 for six by the end of their allotted 46 overs.
A tidy spell of off-spin by Robert Hampstead (one for 32 in 13 overs) turned the screw in particular.
Clumber Park’s reply cruised to 77 for one in the hands of opener Dave Beard (45, eight fours).
They were always favourites to win. But at least Papplewick fought hard to the end and had eight wickets down by the time the winning runs came in the 41st over.
Their best bowler was young Charlie Blatherwick, who took three for 50 in 13 overs. Wickets also fell to Alex Hudson (two for nine in 3.1 overs), Sam Stewart and Nick Hand.