South and Stokes steal the plaudits on first day of season

WILD ABOUT HARRY -- Hucknall's Harry Finch, who later took four wickets, shows his batting prowess at Anston.
WILD ABOUT HARRY -- Hucknall's Harry Finch, who later took four wickets, shows his batting prowess at Anston.
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Happy HUCKNALL made a winning start in the top division -- but PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY duo Michael South and James Stokes stole all the individual plaudits on the opening day of the Mansfield Sunday League season.

Hucknall snatched a nine-run win at Anston to launch their challenge for the Premier Section title they lifted two years ago.

With George Buckthorpe hitting 50, Jack Pates 37 and Pete Hudson 33, Robin Maxwell’s side totalled 209 for eight in their allotted 40 overs. In reply, Anston looked to be on target until falling for 200 after the intervention of change-bowlers Jack Pates (three for 41 in nine overs), who upset the middle order, and Harry Finch (four for 25 in 7.4 overs), who mopped up the tail.

Meanwhile South slammed a ton to steer Papplewick’s first-team to a huge total of 273 for six in their Section Three clash at home to Alfreton. Firing one six and 17 boundaries, the opener made 116, which was supported by 43 (eight fours) from fellow opener Gareth Blinkhorn.

It was enough to pocket a winning draw as Alfreton responded with 175 for seven against good bowling from the Blatherwick brothers, Charlie and George, who took five wickets between them.

As for Stokes, he produced one of the displays of the day as Papplewick 2nd beat Sheffield United by 56 runs in Section Four. A rapid, unbeaten 72 (three sixes and nine fours) at number nine with the bat rescued his side from 54 for seven to a total of 191 before a return of five for 42 in ten overs with the ball skittled the the home team for 135.