A stirring fightback, fashioned by bowling duo Jonathan Thrower and Alex Hudson, earned relieved PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND their first win of the new season in Division Two of the Bassetlaw League.
Having made 191, Papplewick looked to be heading for a heavy defeat as visitors Anston 2nd coasted to 150-2 in reply, courtesy of fine batting by Kalyan Ampolu (53), Ashley Arnold (37), Sam Taylor (28) and Connor Graham (24). Ampolu (one six and seven fours) put on 90 for the first wicket with Arnold (five fours).
However, the match was suddenly turned upside down by four-wicket hauls for Thrower (4-35 in 13 overs) and Hudson (4-39 in 11.1). The eight wickets fell for just 16 runs as red-faced Anston crashed to 166 all out.
Papplewick had also failed to make as many runs as looked likely when Joe Walker (41, six fours) and opener Michael South (34, six fours) steered them to 93-2. Of the rest of the batsmen, only evergreen skipper Mark Shaw found form, stroking 40 (four fours).
HAMMERED HUCKNALL 2ND were on the receiving end of a blistering batting exhibition by Keyworth in Division C of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
The home team amassed a huge total of 296-5, which teed up a 211-run victory, with opener Ian Graham the star of the Platt Lane show. For the second Saturday running, Graham plundered a century, making 105 this time from only 77 balls. He cracked two sixes and 18 fours and bossed a fifth-wicket partnership of 173 with fellow opener Ben Elliott, who added 58, including 12 boundaries.
The onslaught was maintained by Tom Newell (50, seven fours) and Tom Randall (44, six fours), with Jimmy Guthrie the bowler to suffer most, conceding 92 runs in 12 overs, which was in stark contrast to last year when he took eight wickets in the corresponding fixture.
To complete an horrific day, Hucknall’s reply was a shambles. Bowled out for 85 in 21 overs, with three Keyworth bowlers, Mackenzie Shepherd, Andy Hiller and Dave Hiller, helping themselves to three wickets apiece