Rain-hit Papplewick dream of Lord’s glory

DROUGHT, what drought? That was the cry from exasperated PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY as the start of the new cricket season was washed out by the weather.

Persistent rain forced Papplewick’s opening match of the Notts Premier League (NPL) term, at home to defending champions Clifton Village, to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.

It was a similar story in three other NPL fixtures — Caythorpe v Worksop, Plumtree v Welbeck Colliery and West Indian Cavaliers v Kimberley.

Just two games were completed as Notts CCC Academy (231 for five) defeated Wollaton (227 for six) by five wickets and Cuckney (163 for six) hammered Mansfield Hosiery Mills (47) by 116 runs.

Papplewick will now be hoping they are able to launch their 2012 campaign at Welbeck Colliery on Saturday (April 28).

However attentions will also turn to Sunday (April 29) when they make another bid for glory in the prestigious ECB National Club Championship, which concludes with a final at Lord’s.

More than 200 clubs from all over the country enter the Kingfisher Beer-sponsored tournament, which is whittled down to 16 regional winners from qualifying groups.

Papplewick are among 16 sides in Group Two and must travel to play Sheffield hotpots Treeton in their first knockout match.

Treeton, who are based in Rotherham, are one of the leading teams in the Premier Division of the highly-regarded South Yorkshire League.

Last season, they finished a close fourth, winning 16 of their 22 matches, and back in 2009, they thrashed Papplewick by 64 runs in this same competition after amassing 292 for three in their allotted 45 overs. The good news is that the batsman who fired 142 that day, Andrew Tomlinson, is no longer with the club!

If Papplewick exact revenge on Sunday, they will play in the group quarter-finals on Sunday May 13 either Hanging Heaton, of the Bradford League, or Elsecar, who were South Yorkshire League champions last summer.