CRICKET: Exciting derby cut short in its prime

A THRILLING local-derby between Papplewick and Linby and Kimberley was sadly halted by rain when on the brink of an exciting finale.

After their first two matches of the Notts Premier League season had been washed out by rain, new-look Papplewick were relieved to taste some action.

But just when they looked to be closing in on a notable victory, they were forced to bow to the weather yet again, and the match was abandoned as a rain-affected draw just a handful of overs from the end.

Chasing Papplewick’s total of 190 for nine, Kimberley were 164 for eight with seven overs remaining when stumps were drawn.

High-profile new signings Warren Nel and Matt Dowman were the chief run-scorers for the locals. South African Nel fired an impressive 77 (two sixes and nine fours) from 98 balls, while new skipper Dowman, the experienced former county player, made an assured 42, which included one six and four fours.

Opener Dowman and number three Nel put on 64 for the second wicket. But Papplewick were unable to build on such a promising start as the rest of their batsmen, including three other new faces, Eamonn Vines, Jon Batley and Oliver Makin, struggled against the bowling of Matt Wright (three for 38 in 15 overs), Akhil Patel (three for 40 in eight) and ex-Papplewick quickie, Simon Roberts (two for 52 in 14).

Nel was sixth man out on 145 before Jim Rhodes (23) and Brad Matthews (14) bolstered the total with some valuable runs late on.

Kimberley’s reply was opened by another former Papplewick man, new signing Dan Birch, son of John, who helped Clifton Village win the league title last term.

But Birch was removed for only six by Matthews (three for 31 in six overs), who also had fellow opener Jon Terry caught cheaply.

Kimberley recovered in the hands of Paldip Sidhu (35), James Mann (34, five fours) and Paul Riley (29 not out, three fours). But it was hard work against more good Papplewick bowling from Dane Straw (three for 19 in five overs), Rhodes (one for 26 in ten) and new off-spinner Oliver Makin (one for 44 in 14).