Title-chasing ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE survived a tricky start to bounce back to form in the Notts Premier League.
Newly-promoted Rolls had suffered their first defeat of the season the previous Saturday when sent packing by Caythorpe.
And they looked in big trouble away to fellow high-fliers Mansfield Hosiery Mills when slumping to 34 for three after being put into bat.
But they recovered well to prise a valuable winning draw out of their fourth-placed opponents and remain within touching distance of leaders and defending champions Cuckney, whom they tackle in a massive match at Rolls tomorrow (Saturday).
Dan Birch, Adeel Shafique and Wasim Karim were the men to fall cheaply early on, as Kyle Garside and Matt New (one for 19 in 14 overs) caused havoc with the new ball.
But Rolls’s middle-order came up trumps, with new signings Tom Lungley firing 61 (one six and seven fours), Liam Andrews 45 (eight fours) and Adam Shepherd 31.
Lungley and Andrews put on 91 for the fourth wicket and although Garside returned with a bang, finishing with figures of five for 62 in 14 overs, Rolls continued to probe away in conditions far from conducive to fluent run-getting.
James Taylor added 15 not out and Steve Atkinson 11 not out as the locals moved past the 200 barrier by the end of their allotted 48 overs (reduced from 50 by rain).
Hosiery Mills’s reply struggled to find any sort of rhythm against terrific bowling fro0m the six-man Rolls attack.
Number three bat Tom New held the innings together with an undefeated 69 (six fours). But he occupied the crease for two hours as wickets tumbled around him.
The draw was always the favourite outcome. But once home skipper Matt New (17) had been run out, Rolls sensed the chance of outright victory and came within a whisker of achieving it.
Paceman Shepherd (four for 31 in eight overs) ripped through the lower order and by the end, Hosiery Mills were hanging on with only one wicket in hand.
Wickets were also picked up by Lungley (one eof r17 in four overs), Matt Roberts (one for 21 in five) and Ansar Khan (one for 27 in seven), while Ben Phillips (ten overs for 16 runs) and Andrews (14 overs for 41 runs) were models of economy.