Ton-up Tom leads Papplewick charge of the openers

Opening batsmen hit the headlines as PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY clocked up a double in the Mansfield and District Sunday League.

For the tabletopping first-team in Section Five, Jack McCann and Adam Rostance shared an undefeated stand of 99 in a runaway win over local-derby neighbours, BYRON ABBEY.

And for the second eleven in Section Six, Tom Bowers bashed a brilliant 130 to lead his team to a winning draw against Langwith .

Bowers’ knock featured three sixes and 14 fours and came off only 115 balls.

It enabled promotion-chasing Papplewick to reach 227 for six in their allotted 40 overs, which was a far cry from the sloppy start they made, losing Tom Simpson for a duck, Joe Newton for two and Dave Newton for three.

Bowers at last found a willing ally in skipper Steve Betteridge, with whom he put on 163 for the fourth wicket. Betteridge cracked 60 (one six and three fours) and when he’d gone, Sam Stewart added an unbeaten 17.

In reply, Langwith were never in the hunt and limped to 57 for six before salvaging a losing draw in the hands of anchorman Antony Ford (45, five fours) and Ryan Attenborough (33, six fours).

The pair shared 60 for the seventh wicket as the visitors finished on 120 for nine.

The pick of the Papplewick bowlers were James Stokes (three for 15 in ten overs), who had bagged a five-wicket haul the previous week, and Sam Stewart (two for nine in six).

Terrific bowling was also the key to the first-team’s rout of Byron, who were rolled over for 95, despite 28 (four fours) from veteran Malcolm Townroe and 27 (five fours) from Chris Curtis.

All seven Papplewick bowlers bagged wickets, with the best figures returned by Michael South (three for 12 in 4.5 overs), Callum Birkin (two for 34 in seven) and Jim Rhodes (one for 14 in eight).

The rest of the match belonged to young wicketkeeper McCann and Rostance, who knocked off the runs inside 15 overs.

McCann mauled the Byron attack to the tune of 63 not out (eight fours) off 45 balls, while Rostance wended his way to 38 not out (five fours).