Dutton on the button to pile misery on Papplewick

The poor start to the new season by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND continued with defeat against the team promoted with them to Division One last term, Firbeck Colliery.

Papplewick got off to a bright start in the hands of patient opening bats Adam Rostance (32, three fours) and Tom Simpson (19).

But once Simpson had been trapped lbw, the rot set in as Firbeck bowler Adam Dutton ran riot.

Dutton removed the top five in Papplewick’s order for figures of five for 34 from 13 overs.

Change bowlers Callam Perry (two for 11 in seven overs) and Kyle McKeeman (two for 25 in eight) also bagged a couple of wickets apiece as the locals crashed to 108 all out.

After Rostance and Simpson, the only other player to reach double figures was defiant last man Alex Hudson with 11.

A target of 109 was easy meat for Second Division champions Firbeck, who cruised home inside 27 overs.

They did lose four wickets to Hudson (two for 22 in six overs), James Stokes and Nick Hand. But knocks of 41 not out (nine fours) from skipper Steve Barson and 31 (five fours) from McKeeman kept the visitors in control.

Determined skipper Tom Shaw steered PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD to a losing draw at Milton 2nd in Division Five of the Bassetlaw League.

Set an imposing target of 225, Papplewick opted to bat out, after losing two early wickets, and finished on 154 for five.

Shaw made 50 and Sam Stewart 30 before both fell victim to Milton’s best bowler, Joe Heathcote (three for 30 in 13 overs).

Earlier the home team had amassed 224 for seven in their allotted 46 overs, despite effective bowling by Sam Stewart (four for 35 in ten overs) and Aaron Tinker (two for 44 in ten).

Leading the run-charge was Ben Harrison, with 65 not out, supported by captain and opener Les Shaw (53) and wicketkeeper Brett Mason (46).