Relieved ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND finally celebrated their first win of the season in Division H of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.
Beset by the loss of players and uncertainty over their home ground, Rolls endured a traumatic first half of the 2014 campaign and were even deducted 20 points for failing to fulfil one fixture.
But definite signs of improvement in recent weeks resulted in them getting off the mark against fellow strugglers, Thrumpton 2nd, last Saturday.
It was a curious match, starved of runs. But The Rollers foundthat a total of 155 for four from their allotted 45 overs was enough for a 13-run success.
Captain and opener Paul Anderson top scored with a patient 45 (three fours) that spanned 93 balls.
Anderson shared 73 for the first wicket with Josh Deakin (20, four fours) before a further profitable partnership of 58 between Amaad Jalil (41, five fours) and Patrick Delahunte (16 not out).
When Thrumpton replied, they appeared to be cruising on 73 for one in the hands of opener Phil Anstey (50, four fours) and Ben Clark (21).
But once that stand had been broken by Alex Marshall (three for 42 in 12 overs), they hit the rocks.
Two run-outs followed in quick succession and when Anstey was finally removed, by star bowler Deakin (three for 32 in 11 overs), Rolls were on their way.
The home side slumped to 103 for six and were eventually bowled out for 142. Fittingly, Anderson bagged the last wicket with his first ball!
ONLY seven days after recording their first win of the season in Division C, newly-promoted HUCKNALL 2ND posted a second.
This time the improving local’s victims were bottom-of-the-table Radcliffe-on-Trent 2nd, who were swatted away by the margin of 92 runs.
Winning the toss and batting first, Hucknall kept the board ticking over throughout the innings, with a stand of 52 between the new opening partnership of Ian Lobb (32, five fours) and Pete Hudson (20, four fours) laying a solid foundation.
Jamie Braybrook top scored with 43 (five fours), sharing 50 for the third wicket with Joe Todhunter (21, three fours).
And then Jack Pates weighed in with 37 (five fours) as Hucknall, also aided by 31 extras, totalled 227, despite the admirable persistence of Radcliffe’s best bowler, Mark Taylor, (four for 53 in 16 overs)
After tea, Taylor also opened the home team’s reply but, like most of their batsmen, he got out (for 14) just as heappeared to have played himself in.
As a result, their innings never found its stride and even though Mark Noblet (33) offered resistance in the middle order, Radcliffe folded on 135.
Hucknall leaked 28 extras, including 18 wides, but their five-man attack performed well.
Man-of-the-match Braybrook returned the best figures of three for 37 in 13 overs and was also responsible for a catch and a run-out.
But Harry Finch (two for 26 in nine overs), Jimmy Guthrie (one for 24 in nine) and William Spray (one for 29 in eight) all deserved plenty of praise too before Pates (two for 15 in 4.4) picked up a couple of scalps late on.
THE PROMOTION ambitions of Gedling Colliery 3rd counted for nothing when they were blown away by HUCKNALL 3RD in Division J.
Despite 32 from opener Matthew Brooks, Gedling were rolled over for just 84 after winning the toss at Titchfield Park.
Ian Dowell (three for 30 in eight overs) and Nathan Whittamore (two for eight in six overs) inflicted all the early damage. And after a tidy spell by Charlie Finch (one for 12 in seven), which featured the scalp of Brooks, the visitors’ tail was polished off by Jack Fearn, who took three wickets in as many overs.
Captain Fearn then opened Hucknall’s reply and encountered few alarms in carrying his bat for an unbeaten 44 (eight fours).
With Ross Brown also making 20 in a first-wicket stand of 20, the locals reached 87 for three by the 28th over.