Top dogs Papplewick cruise back to the winning trail

TASTY SHERRY -- an unbeaten half-century by Shaharyar 'Sherry' Aslam ensured Papplewick and Linby suffered no alarms in their run-chase.
TASTY SHERRY -- an unbeaten half-century by Shaharyar 'Sherry' Aslam ensured Papplewick and Linby suffered no alarms in their run-chase.

The blip of the previous week, when they suffered their first defeat of the season, was forgotten as PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY returned to the winning trail at the top of the Bassetlaw League.

And for once, their bowling attack did not rely on captain Jim Rhodes in a comfortable six-wicket triumph at home to North Wheatley with Leverton to move 16 points clear in The Championship.

Rhodes drew a rare, expensive blank with figures of 0-55 from 13 overs. But he was bailed out by Richard Hodgkinson, Justin Brathwaite and Charlie Blatherwick as Papplewick removed the visitors for 165.

Hodgkinson took 4-37 from 15 fine overs, Barbadian Brathwaite bagged 3-32 from nine and young spinner Blatherwick took 3-33 from 9.1 in spells that strangled Wheatley’s batting from the off.

The Retford visitors limped to 48-3, 85-6 and 118-9 and only sprang to life when wicketkeeper Aaron Wood arrived at the crease at number eight. Wood dug in for an unbeaten 42 (five fours) from 70 balls and put on 47 for the last wicket with Jamie Bovill (15).

It left Papplewick with a larger target than expected, and they lost openers Brathwaite (12) and Adam Rostance (22, four fours) before reaching 50. However the ship was steadied in style by Shaharyar ‘Sherry’ Aslam, who stroked an undefeated 66 (11 fours) from 77 balls to guide the home team to 167-4 inside 31 overs. He shared 46 for the third wicket with Tom Bowers (31, seven fours) and 60 for the fifth wicket with Gareth Blinkhorn.