Win brings an end to torrid campaign

PAPPLEWICK and Linby firsts secured their Notts Premier League status with an eight-wicket last-day-of-the-season home victory over already-relegated Worksop.

The eight-wicket success brought an end to a torrid campaign which has seen the side win just three of their 22 league games. And the 20 points were imperative in the end as Wollaton had gained five in defeat at home to champions Cuckney.

Papp won the toss and opted to put the visitors in and had instant success as Jim Rhodes bowled Conor Smith for a duck with just three runs on the board.

The other opener, Gareth Pursehouse was next to go, LBW to Jonathan Thrower at 48-2 which quickly became 50-3 as Mark Smallwood was caught by Graeme Roberts off Thrower for 24.

A fourth wicket went down at 77-4 before Luke Ambrose (58) and Chris Taylor (27) staged a rescue act in the middle of the innings.

Once they had gone though, two more tail-enders followed and Worksop eventually ran out of time as they posted a mediocre 174-8 from their 50 allotted overs.

For Papplewick, Jim Rhodes was the top wicket taker with 3-24 from 15 overs. The others to fall were claimed by Jonathan Thrower (2-19), Matt Dowman (2-30) and Dane Straw (1-48).

In reply, Papplewick openers Warren Nel and Eamonn Vines gave the side a great start, rapidly putting on 78 for the first wicket which saw Vines caught by Mark Smallwood off the bowling of Luke Ambrose for 45.

Nel was the only other wicket to fall at 105-2 as he was caught by Mark Smallwood, again off Ambrose who finished with 2-23.

Enter Mark Nelson and Matt Dowman to steer Papplewick to victory at 179-2 off just 26.5 overs with unbeaten knocks of 54 and 16 respectively.