OUT-of-form Papplewick and Linby held on by the skin of their teeth — and one wicket — for a losing draw against Plumtree as their struggles continued in the Notts Premier League (NPL).
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The visitors held all the aces over the locals in a match reduced to 35 overs because of a very damp Papplewick Hall wicket.
In fact, Papplewick’s afternoon can be summed up in an acute snapshot from their batting reply as their top order succumbed and they were left up against it at one run for two wickets, six for three and then 12 for four.
In fact, their tail deserve some credit for toughing things out and at least securing the three points that meant they improved by one position in the league table to fourth from bottom.
Earlier in the day, having been asked to bat by Papp skipper Matthew Dowman, Plumtree crafted a patient innings.
Their main man was number five and stand-in skipper Ben Thompson, who hit 47 from 53 deliveries, including two sixes and six fours.
This came after openers Neil Edwards (19, two fours) and Sam Storey (15, one four) had put on 42 for the first wicket.
Both fell to Dowman (four for 31 from nine overs), who was Papplewick’s best bowler as first change. He was backed up by the ever-reliable Jim Rhodes (two for 28 from ten).
But any hope of a tonic win for the home side soon evaporated when 17-year-old seamer Matt Milnes ripped in and removed Eamonn Vines for a duck.
New Zealander Warren Nel was the next to go as he was clean bowled when facing his first ball to register a duck for the second NPL innings on the trot.
Milnes (five for 14 from ten overs) then completed a devastating opening spell when also bowling Tom Bowers for two.
Defence was the only option left open to Papplewick and Dowman did his bit, sticking around for 42 balls for ten, before Jim Rhodes (18, one six and one four) and Graeme Roberts (11, one four) soaked up 38 and 35 deliveries respectively.
All that was left was for Dane Straw and Jonathan Thrower to see off five balls between them.