Just when everything in the garden of PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND looked rosy, along came an unexpected reverse against struggling Thoresby Colliery 2nd in Division Two of the Bassetlaw League.
The previous week, Papplewick had shocked high-flying Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2nd to hit the top four of the table. But this time, they played second fiddle to a side who have yet to win. And what’s more, prolific batsman Antony Woolley was dismissed for the first time in a month!
After three unbeaten knocks, opener Woolley finally fell for 35 (four fours) as Papplewick chased a Thoresby total of 210-5, which was controlled by an authoritative 80 (one six and nine fours) from opener Ian Halfpenny.
Woolley threatened to repeat Halfpenny’s heroics in a second-wicket stand of 70 with Joe Walker, who added 42 (five fours) to his earlier bowling return of 3-41 from 11 overs. But once Walker had gone on 98, Papplewick were always playing catch-up and had to be content with a losing draw as they finished on 194-7, despite 24 from James Stokes and 22 not out from Sam Stewart.