In a battle between two talented overseas stars, West Indian all-rounder Justin Brathwaite had the last laugh to keep PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY top of the Bassetlaw League’s Championship.
The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who scored a half-century on his second start for Papplewick, looked set to be upstaged by South African Bernhard Beukman, brilliant young all-rounder for Worksop.
As the home team chased the locals’ total of 208 for seven, Beukman compiled a superb century that rescued his side from 92-6 to 189-8. But then he was caught by Brathwaite, off the bowling of Papplewick captain Jim Rhodes, for 117 (one six and 17 fours), and victory was all but in the bag for Rhodes’s troops.
Two runs later, Richard Hodgkinson tempted last man Sam Hopkinson into a chance that the captain snapped up, finishing Worksop’s resistance on 191.
Notwithstanding Beukman’s heroics, the innings had again shone the light on Papplewick’s thriving new-ball partnership between Hodgkinson (4-43 in 13.5 overs) and Rhodes (2-29 in 12). They removed both Worksop openers for ducks and although Andrew Stoneman (20) and Liam Ainger (12) offered Beukman support, the Springbok was a one-man band once they had been dismissed by young spinner Reuben Singh (2-38 in seven overs).
Beukman (1-32 in 11 overs) had also opened Worksop’s bowling, but was handled well by Brathwaite (57, four sixes and three fours), Papplewick did stutter when the Barbadian fell, but they were revived by a terrific 51 (one six and seven fours) from Gareth Blinkhorn and a late 22 not out from Rhodes.