Inconsistent ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE all but waved goodbye to their Notts Premier League (NPL) title hopes with defeat against struggling Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
Despute a century opening partnership between Michael Millwood and Shaun Levy, Rolls failed to build a big enough total on a decent wicket at their Derby headquarters and even failed to bat out their 50 overs.
It was just the invitation relegation-threatened Hosiery Mills needed to collect only their third victory of the season. And in a perfectly-timed reply, they reached their 233 tar4get with five balls to spare.
The Mansfield team are better than their next-to-bottom league position suggests. Indeed they would be mid-table but for a pre-season 50-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player in 2013.
However, it was still a match Rolls would have been expected to take if they were serious about a tilt at the championship. Now, with only five games to play, leaders Cuckney look too far away.
Quite why Rolls failed to triumph will be a mystery to opening bats Michael Millwood and Shaun Levy, who laid the perfect platform for their innings after skipper Dan Birch had won the toss.
Progress wasn’t fast, but the pair put on 116, with Millwood making 60 (seven fours) off 93 balls and Levy 51 (five fours) from 92 balls. And although both fell within six runs of each other, and Guurpej Janda followed soon afterwards,Rolls appeared to recover well in the hands of the big-hitting Birch (38, five sixes) and Tom Lungley (31, five fours), who shared 70 for the fourth wicket.
However, the rest of the session belonged to Hosiery Mills bowlers Keshara Jayasinghe (four for 34 in 7.4 overs) and Matt Wright (four for 55 in 15), who caused a Rolls collapse from 194 for three to 232 all out.
It left the locals about 30 runs short of what would have been a fine total -- and the home side cashed in.
Opener Matt New was the mainstay of The Millers’ reply, batting for 128 balls to compile a determined 70 (one six and four fours).
He shared 97 for the second wicket with brother Tom New (56, five fours) before the match was sealed by an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 60 between Mark Smallwood (38 not out) and Sri Lankan veteran Jayasinghe (37 not out, one six and four fours).
Another depleted Rolls bowling attack struggled to make any impact.