Bowers century spearheads another Papplewick onslaught

ROCK ON, TOM -- Papplewick and Linby centurion Tom Bowers.
ROCK ON, TOM -- Papplewick and Linby centurion Tom Bowers.

Another dominant batting performance by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY overwhelmed near-neighbours Notts and Arnold Amateurs in their second match of the new season.

Papplewick might still be waiting for their new professional, West Indian all-rounder Justin Brathwaite, to make his first appearance of the club. And they had to cope with the early dismissal this week of another fresh recruit, Shaharyar ‘Sherry’ Aslam, who plundered 163 on his debut the previous Saturday.

But they still bossed a one-sided, weather-affected contest to cement their status as one of the early-season front-runners for promotion from the Bassetlaw League’s Championship.

The unlikely flagbearer this time was wicketkeeper/batsman Tom Bowers, who scored exactly 100 in a Papplewick total of 249-6 in 42.2 overs. Going in at four after both Shaharyar and Adam Rostance had been removed cheaply by Craig Harrison (3-44 in 9.2 overs), Bowers struck 17 boundaries in an innings that could well be career-defining for him.

He shared a terrific stand of 146 for the third wicket with opener Alex Lloyd, who followed his century of the opening day of the season with a solid 55 (one six and seven fours).

Another new face, Pathum Koralalage, who played in the Middlesex Premier League last term, added 28 (six fours) and further breezy contributions came from skipper Jim Rhodes (29, one six and four fours) and Gareth Blinkhorn (19 not out, three fours).

Sadly, rain played havoc with the flow of the match, and Papplewick did not have the time to bowl their full quota of overs when Amateurs replied and, agonisingly, they finished one wicket short of claiming outright victory.

The home team ended on 124-9, even though at one stage, Sam Ecob (32, five fours) and Harrison (24) had steered them to 71 for three on the back of a third-wicket stand worth 54.

Papplewick’s attack was led superbly by new-ball duo Rhodes (4-39) and revitalised ex-county professional Richard Hodgkinson (4-58) both of whom bagged four wickets from admirably persistent 17-over spells. However, Amateurs’ last pair held on together for more than five overs.