Sri Lankan inflicts first defeat of season on Papplewick and Linby

OWZTHAT! Retford's Sri Lankan all-rounder Chandra Kumara appeals for another wicket agaonst Papplewick and Linby.
OWZTHAT! Retford's Sri Lankan all-rounder Chandra Kumara appeals for another wicket agaonst Papplewick and Linby.

Papplewick and Linby’s charge into the regional final of the Davidstow Village Cup masked the disappointment of their first defeat of the season in the Bassetlaw League’s Championship 24 hours earlier.

Jim Rhodes’s side were on the crest of a wave after three wins and two winning draws in their opening six fixtures, shooting them to the top of the table and raising hopes of promotion back to the Notts Premier League.

But they came unstuck against second-placed Retford, who have emerged as a surprise package after coming up as First Division runners-up last season.

Put into bat by the visitors, Papplewick again topped 200. And again they marvelled at another big innings by in-form opener Alex Lloyd who, like partner-in-runs Justin Brathwaite the previous week, fell one short of a deserved century.

Lloyd’s 99 included 13 boundaries and was central to partnerships of 54 with Brathwaite (28, one six and six fours) and 61 with Shaharyar Aslam (15).

However Papplewick’s progress was halted by Sri Lankan all-rounder Chandra Kumara, who removed Lloyd and Shaharyar and posted superb figures of 6-28 from 15 overs to accelerate a decline from 115-1 to 167-8.

The home team’s tail wagged, courtesy of Richard Hodgkinson (26 not out) and Reuben Singh (14 not out), who put on 38 for the last wicket to close the innings on 205-8. And when Retford replied, Hodgkinson struck to remove dangerman Pascal Broadley for just two.

However, the excellent Kumara intervened again -- this time with a knock of 67 (two sixes and four fours) and a stand of 124 with Mark Bull (51, seven fours) that teed up victory for the visitors.

Shaharyar tried his best to get Papplewick back on track with 4-25 in only 26 balls, including Kumara on 150, but Retford got home on 209-6 with four balls to spare.