County cricket pedigrees came to the fore when ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE underlined the gulf in class between the Notts Premier League (NPL) and the Gunn And Moore South Notts League (SNL).
Rolls took on last season’s SNL champions, Radcliffe-on-Trent, in their fourth match of the new NPL campaign.
And they brushed them aside with ease -- thanks largely to outstanding displays by ex-Derbyshire all-rounder Tom Lungley and ex-Middlesex batsman Shaun Levy.
Lungley, who has been in fine form with the bat in the opening weeks of the season, starred with the ball this time.
Coming on as second-change, he took seven for 30 in 12.4 overs to rip through the Radcliffe batting and send them spinning to 156 all out.
It was a deadly spell that recalled the summer of 2007 when Lungley, now 34 years old, was the leading wicket-taker for Derbyshire in the first-class game.
Rolls also fielded Notts CCC bowler Luke Fletcher. But the other three wickets fell to Atif Sheikh (two for 48 in 11 overs) and spinner Matt Roberts (one for 33 in nine).
Radcliffe crashed from 46 for one to 83 for nine, despite 37 (one six and four fours) from opener Rob Sutton. And they wouldn’t have made three figures but for a defiant last-wicket stand between Jake Fish and Jacob Deavin-Barker.
Fish (54 not out, four fours) and Deavin-Barker (27, three fours) put on 69 before Lungley finally had the latter caught behind.
After tea, it was the turn of opener Levy to take centre stage as he carried his bat to oversee Rolls’s successful run-chase. Batting for 127 balls, he made an unbeaten 91 that included 11 fours. Partners at the other end didn’t hang around for very long, with ex-Notts CCC bowler David Lucas (three for 28 in six overs) and also Eddie Torr (three for 35 in ten) each picking up three wickets for Radcliffe.
But it didn’t matter, Levy was in charge and steered the Hucknall outfit to a cosy four-wicket victory by the 42nd over.
IT WAS a different story in the ECB National Club Championship when Rolls bowed out at the quarter-final stage of their regional qualifying group.
Old rivals West Indian Cavaliers, who pipped them to the NPL title last season, were far too strong, inflicting a six-wicket defeat.
Despite laying a sound platform in the hands of Levy (23) and Gurpej Landa (21, three fours) and easing to 66 for two at one stage, Rolls collapsed to 128 all out. Hero of the previous round, Michael Millwood, was bowled for just one.
The bowlers to cause most of the damage were Akhil Patel (three for 21 in eight overs), Amar Rashid (three for 13 in 4.3) and former Notts CCC and England man Usman Afzaal (two for 20 in nine).
When Cavaliers replied, Afzaal made only five, but they still cantered home in 24.4 overs, with man-of-the-match Rashid striking 48 (three fours) and Aaron Thomas 27 (three fours).