Sunday was a dark day for the three Dispatch district teams in action in the Mansfield and District League. For all suffered disappointing defeats.
Top of the pile were HUCKNALL, who lost by 46 runs at Glapwell Colliery after a promising start to the season had sent them to first place in the Premier Section table.
On an awkward track for scoring runs, skipper Robin Maxwell asked Glapwell to bat first and his bowlers did well to restrict them to 155-4 in the allotted 40 overs, despite 54 (ten fours) from opener Steve Gooding and 38 (three fours) from number three John Skinner.
Hucknall’s reply got off to a sound start in the hands of opener Andy Carden (36, six fours). But once he had become the first of five victims for Chris Webber (5-15 in eight overs), the wickets tumbled with alarming regularity and the locals were skittled for 109.
Similarly woeful batting afflicted PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND (at home to South Normanton) and Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY (away to Hollinsend Methodist) in Section Four.
Papplewick plunged to 86 all out inside 20 overs in response to Normanton’s 173-9, with only Tom Sisson (25) and George Stewart (21) mustering double figures. Jordan Coope (4-18) and Craig Lynam (4-30) bagged four wickets apiece for the visitors after earlier runs from Joe Wilkinson (64) and Paul Bexon (42) in the face of good bowling by Alex Hudson (4-38 in ten overs).
Ten-man Byron were rushed out for 112, with the extras column top scoring on 26, after Hollinsend had amassed 262-3.