A blast of defiance by veteran captain Mark Shaw was too little too late to rescue a shoddy performance by PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 2ND in Division two of the Bassetlaw League.
Going in at number eight, Shaw triggered memories of his halcyon days by slamming four sixes and 14 fours in a brilliant 81-ball 93.
But his side were still dismissed for 182 and still fell to an unexpected 63-run reverse away to lowly Anston 2nd.
Wasteful bowling was to blame as Papplewick failed to build on a useful opening spell with the new ball by James Stokes (one for 15 in seven overs).
Aaron Tinker did take three for 56 in ten overs, but the rest of the locals’ attack was toothless, allowing Anston to amass a total of 245 for seven in their allotted 46 overs.
The first half of their innings was mastermined by John Payl Lyne, who hammered 83, including four sixes and 13 fours, while the second half of the innings was led by Andy Ruczenczyn, who fired 84 (15 fours).
Somewhere in the middle, the pair shared a key fourth-wicket stand of 75.
Papplewick’s reply had little answer to the bowling of Ian Barley, who took six for 48 in 13 overs.Barley mowed down the visitors, with the help of Ruczenczyn (two for 42 in 12 overs), before Shaw’s fireworks delayed the inevitable.
RELEGATION is looking increasingly likely for PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY 3RD after their seventh defeat in 11 matches near the foot of Division Five.
Papplewick gave themselves a golden chance to pick up a rare tonic when skittling Whitwell 2nd for just 108.
But their batsmen blew it, succumbing for 95 in reply, despite easing to 62 for two at one point in the hands of Tony Bettridge (26, one six and five fours) and George Stewart (21, four fours). The loss of Stewart sparked the fall of eight wickets for 33 runs, including four to Luke Rawson.
At least the Papplewick bowlers earned their corn, with Reuben Singh taking four for 37 in 12 overs, Neil South three for 13 in 11 and Joe Newton two for 18 in 7.4.