Papplewick in a pickle after game they dare not lose

A match they badly needed to win to trigger a relegation revival ended with PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND staring down a barrel at the bottom of the Bassetlaw League’s First Division.

Newly-promoted Papplewick suffered a four-wicket reverse against fellow strugglers West Indian Cavaliers 2nd in what was an ideal opportunity to grasp their first victory of the campaign.

Shoddy batting was to blame as Papplewick failed to build on a promising start made by Joe Walker (37, four fours) and Tom Simpson (24, four fours).

Both were dismissed by effective home bowler Umar Zamman (three for 34 in 13 overs) and although Adam Bettridge kept their heads above water with a gritty 39, featuring five boundaries, he became one of three victims for Suman Shrestha (three for 27 in seven overs) as the last five wickets fell for 39 runs in a total of 156 that also owed a fair bit to 31 extras.

Cavaliers did lose six wickets of their own in reply, including three to Alex Hudson (three for 41 in 11 overs).

But in reality, they were always on course for victory once openers Somair Chaudry (33, six fours) and Shaun Levy (23, three fours) had put on 59 for the first wicket.

The rest of the run chase was controlled by Ibraheem Khalil, whose unbeaten 48 (eight fours) saw Cavs home by the 40th over.

Inspirational captain Andy Paulson thrived again as PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD secured a tonic winning draw at home to Grassmoor Works 2nd in Division Five.

Opening the batting, Paulson struck 65, including ten fours, in a Papplewick total of 221 for nine from their allotted 46 overs. He shared 83 for the first wicket with Tom Sisson (19, four fours) and although Dave Newton’s 28 (six fours) failed to stave off a collapse to 134 for six, the locals rallied gamely against good bowling by Darren Greaves (five for 75 from 13 overs.

The Chesterfield team’s curious reply revolved around opener/skipper Michael Caunt, who batted throughout for just 37 not out (four fours).

As a result, they never looked likely to reach their target and finished on 188 for six.