Veteran Andy Paulson lifted the gloom of another rain-soaked Saturday to brighten everyone’s spirits at PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY.
The matches involving Papplewick’s first and second teams in the Bassetlaw League were washed out without a ball being bowled.
But it was a different story for the third team at Burntstump Country Park where they managed almost a full day’s play in Section Five against Clumber Park 3rd.
And captain Paulson made it all worthwhile with a tremendous all-round performance that steered his side to their first outright victory of the season.
Paulson did everything right bar win the toss. With the bat, he made 73, which equated to more than half of Papplewick’s final total of 141 for eight.
And then with the ball, he took five for 31 in 13 overs, seven of which were maidens and three of which were coinsecutive wicket-maidens!
It all added up to an 18-run win for Papplewick as shellshocked Clumber Park’s reply crashed from 113 for four to 123 all out!
Opener Paulson’s batting was a study in dogged determination and concentration as he stayed for 133 balls, stroking eight fours.
He put on 48 for the first wicket with Dave Newton (21, three fours) and 41 for the third wicket with George Stewart.
Only when Paulson had departed did the Papplewick innings wobble. In fact, it fizzled out tamely against inspired bowling by Rhys Ward (five for 38 in 11 overs).
Another Ward, Darren, then led Clumber Park’s reply with a confident 49 (two sixes and five fours). And after he’d gone, Owen Jarvis took over with 33 (four fours).
But Paulson not only removed them both, he engineered a dramatic collapse by the visitors, who lost six wickets for ten runs.
As Papplewick snatched their victory, the other hero was Reuben Singh, who took a key catch and also bagged the last wicket at the end of the 39th over.
This weekend, Papplewick enjoy a blank afternoon. But the first team are hoping to return to Championship action with a trip to Farnsfield, who were relegated alongside them last season from the Notts Premier League. Farnsfield have made a bright, unbeaten start to the 2014 campaign and currently sit second in the table.
Meanwhile Papplewick 2nd entertain fellow mid-tablers Thoresby Colliery 2nd in the Second Division.