Blatherwick’s blitz propels Papplewick to the top

A DEVASTATING bowling blitz by Charlie Blatherwick propelled PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY to the top of Section Five in the Mansfield Sunday League.

Papplewick were worried their total of 144 for seven would be enough against Ashover 2nd.

But then along came teenager Blatherwick, who took six for 18 in only seven overs as Ashover collapsed to 56 all out.

Earlier the locals had slumped to 52 for six and 81 for seven themselves -- before they were rescued by an unbroken partnership of 63 between skipper Jim Rhodes (51 not out) and Alex Hudson (20 not out).

A disappointing start to the new Mansfield Sunday League, Premier Section season by HUCKNALL continued with defeat at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills.

Jack Pates’s troops posted a respectable total of 196 for six in their allotted 40 overs.

But Hosiery Mills chased it down with ease inside 28 overs for the loss of only four wickets -- thanks to breezy blows from Gareth Curtis (59, nione fours), Guruge Sudesh Fernando (39, two sixes and four fours), Robert Townsend (34, seven fours), Joe New (23) and James Fraser (23).

Australian Nathan Thomas, with three for 38 from nine overs), was the only Hucknall bowler capable of stemming the tide.

Thomas had earlier starred with the bat too, cracking a run-a-ball 67 that included one six and nine fours.

He was well supported in a second-wicket stand of 68 by Robin Maxwell (46), who went on to put on 62 for the fourth wicket with Aaron Lee (32). Skipper Pates then added 21 not out.

Good bowling failed to earn bottom-of-the-table BYRON ABBEY their first win of the season in Section Five of the Mansfield Sunday League.

Byron dismissed Hollinsend Methodist for 139 thanks to a burst of seven wickets for only 41 runs.

Lee Christie took three for 25 in ten overs and Neil Atkin two for 23 in ten to undo the good work of home batsman Sam Vessey, who struck 49 (two sixes and six fours).

But in reply, they plunged to 109 all out, despite 24 from Matthew Guy, 19 from captain Phil Collins and 15 from Amjid Yaqub.