Captain Paulson keeps his cool as freakish form deserts him

An amazing run of form for captain Andy Paulson came to an end -- but his PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD side still pulled off a victory in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.

The experienced Paulson, better known in his heyday as a batsman, has been turning his hand to bowling.

And after taking seven wickets two weeks on the trot earlier this month, he followed up with a hat-trick in a defeat at the hands of Mansfield Hosiery Mills 3rd two weeks ago.

As Papplewick entertained East Drayton Sports in their latest match at Burntstump Country Park last Saturday, Paulson must have been tempted to announce: “And for my next trick!....”

But instead, a six-over spell failed to produce a wicket, although he conceded only seven runs.

Mind you, his team still dismissed the visitors for only 84. And Captain Marvel couldn’t be kept out of the limelight for long because he was there at the death to steer home Papplewick’s successful reply.

It was a close shave, however, because they lost eight wickets before scrambling over the line in the 34th over.

Indeed Papplewick plunged to 42 for six at one stage, despite 18 from opener Tom Simpson. And it required knocks of 22 from James Stokes and 17 not out from Alex Hudson to help Paulson make sure of victory.

The East Drayton bowler to cause the heart flutters was Andy Ogle, who took five for 19 in 13 fine overs.

Earlier , Papplewick’s bowlers had been held up only by stubborn opener James Walton (31, five sixes).

He was eventually bowled by Hudson (three for 24 in eight overs).

The rest of the wickets were shared by Aaron Tinker (three for 14 in six overs), Stokes (two for 12 in eight) and Sam Stewart (two for 22 in 10.5).

PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND were without a game in Division One.

The blank date brought rare respite from their poor start to the season, although they did battle their way to a losing draw against Killamarsh Juniors the previous week, thanks to half-centuries from Joe Walker (52) and old-stager Robin Rhodes (50).