AFTER their plucky draw against title-chasing West Indian Cavaliers the previous week, Papplewick and Linby returned to their losing ways in the Notts Premier League.
A depleted side, stripped of professional Mark Nelson, as well as skipper Richard King and other long-term absentees, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Notts CCC Academy.
The result left Papplewick firmly entrenched in the bottom three of the table. So they remain eternally grateful that the two teams below them continue to toil, preventing the locals from being sucked into a relegation battle.
With only three games to play, it’s now odds-on that the duo to face the drop will be Belvoir, who have yet to achieve a single outright win, and Kiveton Park Colliery.
The Trent Bridge youngsters gave Papplewick the runaround from the off, with opening bat Sam Kelsall compiling a century that formed the backbone of a big total.
Kelsall struck two sixes and 14 fours in a knock of 114 that spanned 138 balls. At the other end, cameo displays of support were provided by Matthew Cross (26, three fours), Adam Dobb (20), Scott Elstone (15, three fours), Sam Wood (15), Tom Rowe (14) and Michael Robson (14).
Papplewick didn’t help their cause by leaking 37 extras, including 24 wides. But after largely ineffective bowling from Brad Matthews, Aaron Onyon (one for 36 in ten overs) and Husnain Riaz (one for 85 in 12), they at least unearthed some promise for the future in the shape of teenage spinner Dane Straw.
Introduced as second-change, Straw was entrusted with 15 overs and rewarded the decision with figures of four for 54 in a spell that must have caught the eye of Notts CCC scouts. He was supported by occasional bowler Alex Lloyd, who took two for 44 from seven overs.
In reply, Papplewick never looked like winning but they were on course for another losing draw until collapsing from 74 for two to 109 for six.
Riaz (28, one six and three fours) and Onyon (26, five fours) then threatened to save the day with a stand of 51. But good bowling by Dan Cumming (four for 20 in 8.4 overs) and Dobb (three for 42 in 13) wrapped things up for Notts with more than three overs to spare.
Earlier Chris Briggs had made 34 (six fours) for Papplewick until he was run out by Elstone, who figured as 12th man for England in the Trent Bridge Test against India last month.
Opener Ed Somekh also hit 25 (one six and three fours) and stand-in captain Matthews 15.