Relieved ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE escaped the threat of their first setback of the season on the eve of a big derby showdown.
After winning their opening two games in the Notts Premier League, Rolls appearing to be staring defeat in the face at Farnsfield who, like the locals, are newly-promoted.
But the rain came down to force an early abandonment. And now John Birch’s troops remain full of confidence ahead of their eagerly-awaited clash with Papplewick and Linby tomorrow (Saturday).
Adding spice to the derby is that Birch, as coach, guided Papplewick to no fewer than 15 honours in six seasons between 1992 and 1997 when they were building their way up the lesser leagues.
On a rain-affected track, Rolls were put in by Bassetlaw League champions Farnsfield, who are captained by Notts CCC veteran Paul Franks. And their batting failed to reach the heights of the previous two weeks.
Skipper Dan Birch (15) was one of four victims for Jamie Wagstaff (four for 66 in 12 overs), who was well supported by Franks (three for 32 in 13 overs).
Rolls’s innings was rescued by new signing Tom Lungley (56, one six and five fours), who compiled a half-century for the second successive season.
Lungley shared 52 for the fourth wicket with another fresh recruit, Liam Andrews. But then the previous week’s century hero, Ben Phillips, was run out by Franks and the locals soon slid to 137 for seven before late defiance.
In reply, Farnsfield were going strongly on 72 for one in 18 overs before the weather intervened.