English cricket’s new sensation, Ben Stokes, has a namesake rival for stardom -- amid the unlikely surroundings of Papplewick Hall.
For while the Durham all-rounder was gracing Lord’s against New Zealand, James Stokes, 19-year-old product of Papplewick and Linby’s youth system, was also grabbing the limelight.
OK, his stage, the Bassetlaw League’s Second Division, was a little less glamorous. But his bowling was just as effective as he returned figures of 7-46 from 12.5 overs to fire PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND to an eight-wicket victory at Lea Park.
Stokes struck three key blows early on and proved troublesome throughout the afternoon as the Gainsborough side were bowled out for 118, with Alex Hudson also taking 2-26 in a fine 13-over spell.
In reply, in-form openers Tom Simpson (59, eight fours) and Antony Woolley (46 not out, four fours) put on 107 as Papplewick eased to their target in 33 overs.