Rhodes and Bettridge shine for Papplewick in vain

RHODES WORTHY -- captain Jim Rhodes, who took five wickets for Papplewick and Linby.
RHODES WORTHY -- captain Jim Rhodes, who took five wickets for Papplewick and Linby.

Sterling efforts by seasoned duo Jim Rhodes and Tony Bettridge were washed away by the rain to pile on the early-season frustration for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY.

Rhodes bagged a five-wicket haul with the ball before Bettridge compiled an excellent half-century with the bat.

But the weather still had the final word as Papplewick took on fellow strugglers Caythorpe 2nd in the top flight (known as The Championship) of the Bassetlaw League on Bank Holiday Monday.

Barring calamities, there is little doubt that Rhodes’s troops would have eased to their first win since relegation last summer from the Notts Premier League.

After their scheduled clash at home to North Wheatley with Leverton last Saturday had been cancelled wuthout a ball bowled, Papplewick bounced back into action.

Rhodes won the toss, put the home team in and accumulated figures of five for 26 in 13.3 overs as Caythorpe limped to 200 all out.

He was ably supported by his new-ball partner, Ross Fitz-John, who took four for 47 from 12 overs and also took the catch to remove dangerman Andrew Staszkiewicz off the bowling of rookie Charlie Blatherwick (one for 35 in seven overs).

Without Staszkiewicz and top scorer Oliver Shelvey, Caythorpe would have been in a right mess.

The pair scored well over half of their team’s runs, with the former making 61 (one six and eight fours) and Shelvey hitting 64 (six fours). At one stage, they rescued the home side from 46 for four to 142 for five.

Papplewick responded by losing opener Joe Walker for only one. But Bettridge was soon in a nice rhythm, making an unbeaten 61 (one six and seven fours) from 77 balls.

He shared 50 for the second wicket with Fitz-John (17, three fours) and was dominating another frutiful partnership, this time with Tom Bowers, when rain halted the innings on 99 for two after 20 overs and the match was reduced to a rain-affected draw.

The outcome left Papplewick in the bottom three of the table after their first six matches back in the Bassetlaw League. They hope to break their win-duck this coming Saturday at home to local-derby rivals Notts and Arnold Amateurs.