Supermac sabotages ECB National hopes

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AN INSPIRATIONAL individual performance, with both bat and ball, ended Papplewick and Linby’s flirtation with the Kingfisher Beer ECB National Club Championship for another year.

After the amazing heroics of new signing Warren Nel in the opening round, Papplewick were on the receiving end in the quarter-finals of Regional Group Two.

Rob McFarlane, star all-rounder of Bradford League outfit Hanging Heaton, hammered 92 and then took five wickets as the locals nosedived to a crushing 168-run defeat.

Opener McFarlane thumped three sixes and 15 fours in his onslaught with the bat, which got the Dewsbury side off to a flier.

He put on 43 for the first wicket with Ismail Dawood (21, fours) and 103 for the second with Ahsam Butt (35, one six and six fours).

And when he’d gone, caught behind off young spinner Dane Straw, the punchy hitting continued in the hands of Joe Fraser (40, one six and six fours), James Stansfield (28, three fours) and Nick Bresnan (20 not out, one six and three fours).

All six of Papplewick’s bowlers picked up wickets, most notably skipper Matt Dowman (three for 47 in nine overs), Oliver Makin (two for 65 in nine) and Jim Rhodes (two for 41 in 7.5).

But all six were also expensive as Heaton amassed runs at the rate of more than seven an over. Indeed they used up only 38.5 of their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, Papplewick had little choice but to adopt the same gung-ho attitude. However it merely ushered in the second act of McFarlane’s showstopper.

The bowler removed Dowman with the second ball of the innings and went on to remove Nel (11) too on his way to figures of five for 39 from six overs.

Mark Nelson each belted four boundaries in cameo knocks of 19 but Papplewick were never in the hunt and succumbed inside 22 overs, with John Carruthers and David Stiff also picking up two wickets apiece for the dominant home side.