No trouble at Mills as Sherry and spin twins take the plaudits

SWEET SHERRY -- Shaharyar Aslam, nicknamed Sherry, who thumped a century for Papplewick and Linby.
SWEET SHERRY -- Shaharyar Aslam, nicknamed Sherry, who thumped a century for Papplewick and Linby.

Papplewick and Linby’s domination of Mansfield Hosiery Mills in The Championship of the Bassetlaw League on Bank Holiday Monday was arguably even more impressive than their demolition of Edwinstowe two days earlier.

For Hosiery Mills are expected to be among Papplewick’s rivals for The Championship title in the Bassetlamw League, having come down from the Notts Premier League last season only because they incurred a 50-point penalty.

After winning the toss, Jim Rhodes’ troops again made hay with the bat as openers Alex Lloyd and Justin Brathwaite put on 60 for the first wicket.

Brathwaite belted 39, in cluding one six and six fours, before he was trapped lbw, while Lloyd went on to crack 81 (two sixes and six fours).

But both were upstaged by Shaharyar Aslam, who hammered exactly 100 and shared a stand worth exactly 150 with Lloyd for the second wicket.

The new signing they call ‘Sherry’, hit one six and 12 boundaries in a superb knock that teed up a big total of 278-7 in the allotted 50 overs.

In reply, Hosiery Mills were in trouble from the moment Rhodes (1-31 in 13 overs) removed opener Matt New for a duck.

Kamal Manek, with 56 (nine fours), and skipper Tom New (34, six fours) threatened a recovery, lifting the score to 107-2. But then the Mansfield team became bamboozled by Papplewick’s teenage spin twins, Charlie Blatherwick and Reuben Singh.

Blatherwick bagged his second five-wicket haul of the weekend, taking 5-34 from 13 exemplary overs. While Singh (3-40 in ten overs) included ex-Leicestershire batsman New among his victims.

Having reduced the home side to 132-9, Papplewick ought to have completed an outright victory. But frustratingly, they were denied by Hosiery Mills’s last pair, Matt Wright (22 not out) and Kieron Garside (11 not out), who batted out and finished on 168 to secure their side a losing draw.