It was a case of paradise lost for sloppy PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND at Milton. For they fluffed a golden chance to hit the top of the Bassetlaw League’s Second Division.
With the only two teams above them in the table, Ordsall Bridon 2nd and Grassmoor Works, both suffering rare defeats, Papplewick could have cashed in. But instead, they went down too -- to a side in the bottom four of the table.
After winning the toss and putting Milton in, they bagged an early wicket when Jonathan Thrower (one for 39 in eight overs) bowled Milton skipper Joe Saxelby for two.
But from then on, Papplewick had to play second fiddle as the visitors dug deep to graft and grind their way to a otal of 190 for four from their allotted 46 overs.
Three half-centuries did the trick, with opener Dean Sayer making 56 (ten fours) from 89 balls, number three Dylan Hildreth compiling 58 (six fours) from 111 balls and number five Will Taylor adding a splash of ebullience at the end with a 39-ball 51 not out that included one six and four fours.
Papplewick deployed six different bowlers, with the pick being Richard Brown (one for 32 in 12 overs).
In reply, the locals never got going and fell foul of an inspired spell by Milton’s new-ball bowler Adam Mendham.
Removing five of Papplewick’s six frontline batsmen, four of them clean bowled, Mendham returned figures of six for 33 from 10.2 overs.
The only batsmen to hold him up were Tom Shaw, who made 16, Thrower (25, four fours) and veteran captain Mark Shaw (19, four fours).
But the latter pair were eventually dismissed by Hildreth (two for 18 in six overs) as the home side slumped to 117 all out, despite the help of 18 byes.
CLUB chairman Neil South must have been spitting feathers after PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD continued their poor season in Division Five.
Terrific bowling by South (five for 18 in 11.4 overs) enabled Papplewick to skittle high-riding Milton 2nd for just 95, of which 40 was scored by one player, Marc Fulcher.
But his side were then rolled over themselves for just 74, losing their last seven wickets for only 32 runs. Brian Woods inflicted most of the damage with six for 34 in 11.1 overs.
Two other Papplewick players to bowl well were Joe Newton (two for 13) and Andy Paulson (two for 26).