In limbo at Kimbo

A yawning gulf in class resulted in Kimberley pummelling Papplewick and Linby in a Notts Premier League local derby last Saturday.

When Jim Rhodes (one for 41 in 11 overs) had Kimberley’s opening bat Jon Terry caught by Alex Lloyd for a duck in the first over of the match, Papplewick might have been expected to push for their first win of the new season.

But it proved to be the falsest of false dawns as the home side recovered to post a huge total that was well beyond the reach of the locals’ new-look outfit.

Sam Johnson spearheaded Kimberley’s onslaught with an attractive knock 0f 80 from only 73 balls. Going in at number five, Johnson thundered two sixes and six fours and was on his way to a century when run out on 226.

He shared partnerships worth 64 for the fourth wicket with Bhjarat Popli (44, four fours) and then 75 for the fifth wicket with home skipper Sam Ogrizovic (53, one six and six fours).

Also contributing to the Kimberley runfest were opener Paldip Sidhu (four fours) and number seven James Mann (three sixes and two fours), both of whom hit 31.

Most of Papplewick’s bowlers took plenty of punishment, although wickets were shared by Norman Brackley (two for 49 in four overs), Kieron McComb (two for 85 in 15) and Jack McIver (one for 64 in 15).

McIver did not last long when he opened the visitors’ reply.

But Papplewick seemed to be progressing nicely when Tom Bowers and Alex Lloyd embarked on a second-wicket stand of 87.

Bowers stroked eight boundaries in his 48, while Lloyd found the ropes seven times on his way to 45.

However, the turning point of the contest came when both fell on 104 to Kimberley’s effective change-bowlers Alex King and Christopher Glover.

King (five for 25 in 12 overs) lived up to his surname by bowling Bowers and then removing Doug Morton, Brackley, Jamie Peat (19, four fours) and Joe Walker too.

Glover not only dismissed Lloyd but also Papplewick captain Rhodes (12) and tailender Gareth Blinkhorn.

As the locals surrendered meekly, they lost nine wickets for just 54 runs -- the last being one of three catches behind the stumps for Ogrizovic in the 44th over.