Tight game as third met fourth in Section One

Century maker Jordan Lemon. Picture by Martin Roberts.
Century maker Jordan Lemon. Picture by Martin Roberts.

It was third meets fourth in Section One of the Mansfield & District Cricket League on Sunday as Papplewick and Linby were the visitors to Morton Colliery.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, with opener Jordan Lemon smashing a delightful 138 at the top of the innings to get Morton on their way.

Yet only three other batsmen made it into double figures; skipper Blair Matthews hitting 46, Gary Lowe 15 and number 10 Tom Nicholson a notable contribution of 17.

As well as a healthy 20 runs from the extras column, Morton closed on 261-9 from their allotted 40 overs, with Lemon the stand-out performer with a commanding innings.

Daniel Blatherwick took 3-39 from his 10 overs for Papplewick and Linby and then opened the reply for the visitors with a score of 22 with the bat.

The top order wobbled but it was the assured presence of both Tom Bowers (74) and Niall Towle (74*) which guided Papplewick and Linby towards the finish line.

Bowers went to the bowling of Piet Janse Van Rensburg (4-58 from 10 overs) but Towle remained and was there at the end to see his side to 263-6 from 36 overs, for a four-wicket win to Papplewick.