Crucial victory for improving Papp

Matt Dowman in action
Matt Dowman in action

THE REBUILDING work by Papplewick and Linby continued with a vital win over rock-bottom Worksop to add impetus to their climb up the Notts Premier League (NPL) table.

After just one win in their opening ten fixtures, the locals were left staring over their shoulders at the basement.

But against Worksop, they were in the box-seat for long periods -- save for a nervy start to their own innings -- to register a six-wicket victory.

Momentum has been hard to come by during a rain-ravaged season, which has seen Papplewick suffer four abandonments during the first half of the campaign.

But from the off at Worksop, Papplewick tried to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and after putting the hosts into bat, they had their first wicket with just 14 runs on the board.

Opener Gareth Pursehouse (37, three fours) attempted anchor the innings and stuck around for 111 balls.

But at the other end, Worksop suffered regular setbacks to stand at 97 for four as the ever-reliable Jim Rhodes (two for 38 from 12.2 overs), skipper Matthew Dowman (two for 15 from ten) and the in-form Dane Straw (two for 28 from six) always threatened a cutting edge.

Kelbert Walters, who came in at number six, threatened to turn the game around with a blistering knock of 44, which featured five towering sixes, a four and came off just 18 balls.

But it swung spectacularly back in Papplewick’s favour with a trio of runouts from Graham Roberts, Thrower and Tom Bowers as the final five wickets fell for just 15 runs.

It all left Papplewick with a comfortable-looking total chase.

But they made life difficult for themselves when Mark Nelson fell for a golden duck without the scorers being troubled and lynchpin New Zealander Warren Nel fell with jut six on the board fell to the aforementioned Walters (three for 33 from 13 overs).

However, at the other end stood opener Eamonn Vines, who dug in and carried his bat for an unbeaten 59 (nine fours) that spanned 119 balls.

He complemented Dowman perfectly as the captain hit a more energetic 41 (two sixes and five fours from 52 deliveries).

By the time the pair had departed, Tom Bowers stepped into the breach with 22 not out (four fours) to have the locals home and hosed within 41 overs.

PAPPLEWICK and Linby were also in action on Tuesday night where they registered a comfortable 55-run win in the Bassetlaw League’s Mallen Trophy Twenty20 competition.

Taking on derby rivals Notts and Arnold Amateurs in Group D, Papplewick registered 135 for eight with contributions from Tom Bowers (21, three fours), Joe Walker (22, one four), Mick Henley (31, three sixes and one four) and Robin Rhodes (23, two sixes and one fours).

They then skittled the home side for 80 inside 17 overs with Amateurs collapsing from 26 for one to 34 for six at one stage with Rhodes (two for ten from three overs) and Alex Hudson (three for ten from three) the main destroyers.