New signing Shaharyar Aslam, nicknamed ‘Sherry’, was the toast of a spectacular start to the new season by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY in The Championship of the Bassetlaw League.
Papplewick, who are one of the favourites for promotion to the Notts Premier League, amassed a total of 371 for four in their opening match at home to Kiveton Park Colliery.
And Shaharyar marked his debut with a magnificent innings of 163 off 120 balls, thundering four sixes and 23 fours.
He shared a massive stand worth 270 for the second wicket with another centurion, opener Alex Lloyd, who stroked a run-a-ball 137 (one six and 20 fours). And just for good measure, Tom Bowers added 30 (one six and four fours) in an onslaught that was relenting.
The exhibition left spectators drooling on the first day of the campaign. It also left Papplewick saluting their good fortune in discovering, during the winter, that ‘Sherry’, a former Hucknall Rolls Leisure player, lives in Papplewick, on Forest Lane. No wonder they wasted no time in swooping for him from Notts Unity Casuals.
The only downside to Papplewick’s first-day exploits was that they didn’t result in outright victory. For Kiveton Park responded by batting out their 50 overs for a losing draw.
The varied home attack, led by skipper Jim Rhodes (three for 62 in 15 overs) and young spinner Charlie Blatherwick (two for 48 in ten), reduced the visitors to 144 for seven at one stage. But Kiveton recovered to 230 for eight by the close, with Richard Grainger on 77 not out (11 fours) after a match-saving stand of 85 for the eighth wicket with Jordan Cocks (28, four fours).