PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY’S Nottinghamshire Premier League status all hangs on the last day of the season.
Papp only managed to pick up five points in a losing draw at Mansfield Hosiery Mills last Saturday, which has left them in joint next-to-bottom place with Wollaton on the same points total of 152 going into this Saturday’s last game of the 2012 campaign.
Papplewick now know they will need to gain more points from their home game against already-relegated Worksop than Wollaton can muster at champions Cuckney, and with the last game being a home fixture, surely their survival chances are firmly in their own hands?
At Mansfield last weekend, a victory was always going to be unlikely once the hosts won the toss, opted to bat and posted a big score of 266-3 from 50 overs.
The host’s innings was built around an unbeaten century of exactly 100 from Tom New, which contained 14 fours and two sixes from 139 balls.
Opener Gareth Curtis made 40 with Matt New’s innings of 59 bumping up the final score.
As the last wicket fell at 115, all the Papplewick bowlers toiled and the only wickets to fall went to Matt Dowman (1-48 from 12 overs), Jonathan Thrower (1-36 off ten) and Warren Nel (1-88 from 15).
In reply, there was a sticky start for Papplewick as opener Eamonn Vines was caught by Matt New off the bowling of Adam Dobb with the score at 29-1 and then Mark Nelson was adjudged to be out LBW for just two, again to Dobb, with the score at 37-2.
For Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Adam Dobb was the undoubted bowling star of the day as he took all five Papplewick wickets to fall for the loss of just 27 runs from 15 overs, five of which were maidens.
A truly superb set of figures to finish the season on.
Matt Dowman steadied the visitors’ innings with a knock of 31 before he was caught by Luke Rodgers off Dobb and after Joe Walker went for two, caught Tom New off Dobb, a major survival job was required.
Fortunately for the visitors, Bradley Matthews and Graeme Roberts produced just that. Matthews was 45 not out and Roberts reached a half-century of 51 not out as Papplewick finished on 187-5 from their allotted 50 overs.