Papplewick’s must-win last game of season to avoid relegation

NAILBITER -- Papplewick and Linby 2nd face an anxious last day of the season
NAILBITER -- Papplewick and Linby 2nd face an anxious last day of the season

Nervous PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND must win their last match of the season this Saturday to avoid their second successive relegation in the Bassetlaw League.

Having given themselves a lifeline the previous week, Papplewick returned to losing ways in the Second Division last weekend with a four-wicket reverse at home to high-riding Farnsfield 2nd.

Thankfully, their closest rivals for the second relegation spot, near-neighbours Notts and Arnold Amateurs 2nd, were also beaten, leaving Papplewick with a crucial seven-point cushion.

Now both teams face a nailbiting final day of the campaign when Papplewick travel to mid-table Killamarsh Juniors 2nd but Amateurs face bottom-of-the-table no-hopers KIveton Park Colliery 2nd.

Against Farnsfield, Mark Shaw’s side were blown away for just 90, with only three players mustering double figures -- Shaw himself (18, three fours), Michael South (16) and Callum Birkin (13). All five of the visitors’ bowlers picked up wickets.

Papplewick fought back valiantly with the ball, most notably Sam Stewart, who took two for 27 in ten overs with the new ball.

James Stokes, Richard Brown and Birkin were also successful, but Farnsfield edged over the line at 93 for six by the 35th over.

THE SORRY season of doomed PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD continued with a crushing defeat at the hands of Newstead-based rivals, Nomads, in Division Five.

Already relegated after the deduction of 30 points for failing to fulfil fixtures, bottom-of-the-table Papplewick fell by nine wickets after they were dismissed for just 83.

Opener Sam Paulson (27, three fours) was the only batsman to cope with a Nomads attack, spearheaded by Martin Lomas, who took five for 18 in 13 overs.

The home team cantered to their target inside 14 overs thanks to a sparkling opening stand between skipper Paul Powell (48 not out, one six and nine fours) and Alex Lewin (21 not out, four fours).