Bowers blasts ton as local trio eye promotion

SUNDAY BEST -- Tom Bowers hit a century.
SUNDAY BEST -- Tom Bowers hit a century.

Promotion is on the cards for three Dispatch district teams after the latest round of matches in the Mansfield and District Sunday League.

PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY sit pretty at the top of Section Four, while PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND and Newstead-based BYRON ABBEY occupy the top two slots in Section Five.

No doubt about the hero in Papplewick’s winning draw against Wirksworth and Middleton. For opening bat Tom Bowers struck a superb century.

Skipper Bowers made 108 off only 85 balls and struck four sixes and 12 fours as his side amassed a total of 255 for seven in their allotted 40 overs.

He shared stands of 60 with Tom Shaw (28, four fours) and then 96 with Sam Straw (37, three fours) before he finally became one of four victims for the home team’s best bowler, Harry Warford (four for 38 in nine overs).

In reply, Wirksworth’s own captain, Jack Ritchie, almost emulated Bowers’ feat by hitting 97 (one six and 14 fours) off just 68 balls. But his team were never in the hunt and finished on 160 for eight.

Ritchie eventually fell to Reuben Singh (four for 46 in ten overs), who returned Papplewick’s best bowling figures.

In Section Five, Papplewick 2nd suffered a rare off-day when forced to play second fiddle to fellow high-fliers, Waleswood Sports.

But at least they bagged a losing draw after the home team had totalled 222 for six, with opener Masood Ahmed making 65 (one six and nine fours) and Sujja Zaffer 39 not out (one six and six fours).

Papplewick’s subdued response ended on 128 for four, of which Dan Simpson made 35 not out and Sam Paulson 30. But it’s clear they were quite happy simply to bat out to frustrate one of the few teams in the division who can mathematically catch them.

Meanwhile Byron coasted to an eight-wicket win after rolling over Shirebrook for just 47, thanks to the lethal four-man attack of Lee Christie (three for 12 in eight overs), Neil Atkin (three for 25 in seven), Chris Cooke (two for two in 3.4) and Gary Devonshire (two for six in four).

They needed only 58 balls to knock off the runs, with Phil Collins scoring 28.