Papplewick’s title race hopes ruined at Kimberley

All-rounder Daniel Blatherwick, seen here bowling, was Papplewick's only resistant with the bat at Kimberley. (PHOTO BY: Chris Etchells)
All-rounder Daniel Blatherwick, seen here bowling, was Papplewick's only resistant with the bat at Kimberley. (PHOTO BY: Chris Etchells)

Brittle batting in a heavy defeat at Kimberley ruined Papplewick and Linby’s hopes of breaking into the title race towards the top of the Notts Premier League.

The match was an acid test of newly-promoted Papplewick’s promising start to the campaign, which had featured three wins, including a notable local-derby success against Hucknall.

But they were on the ropes almost before they had started at second-placed Kimberley, whose bowling attack was far too wily for them.

Put in by home skipper Alex King, Papplewick soon found themselves 35-4, 59-7 and on their way to 123 all out before the end of the 40th over.

Martin Weightman did all the early damage, removing the top three in the visitors’ order, including skipper Sam Orgozovic for 17 (three fours), and went on to post fine figures of 5-35 from 12 overs.

Weightman was well supported by new-ball partner Dominic Brown, who took 2-34 from 12 overs, and then by first-change George Bacon, who bagged 2-14 from seven overs.

The only Papplewick batsman to hold up the Kimberley charge was talented all-rounder Daniel Blatherwick, who stood firm for 79 balls and made a defiant 59, which included nine fours. Nine of his colleagues failed to even muster double figures.

Blatherwick was last man out before picking up the new ball to dislodge opener Tom Rowe (16, three fours) when Kimberley started their reply. At the other end, Jim Rhodes (2-47 in 12 overs) also removed Bacon and Hassan Chaudry, leaving the hosts wobbling a little on 29-3.

However, Papplewick couldn’t press home their advantage as Brown revived the home side with an unbeaten 41 (six fours) and key stands of 57 with Sam Johnson (34, two sixes and three fours) and 39 with Weightman (15no) that eased them to their target.