Defeat in their final fixture before being ejected from the Notts Premier League (NPL) capped a season to forget for ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE.
Rolls -- runners-up in thr 12-team league last term with 353 points -- were on the receiving end of one of the best all-round displays of the season before beginning the fight for their future.
Tim Miles performed heroics to condemn them to a seven-wicket defeat at home to Ordsall Bridon. And it meant they waved farewell to the NPL in eighth spot with just 219 points.
The Rollers have been forced to endure a painful second half to the campaign after the decimation of their bowling attack. And the clash with next-to-bottom Bridon, who were last year’s Bassetlaw League champions, encapsulated their woes.
They posted a decent total of 230, but were then taken to the cleaners by the visitors’ reply, which was spearheaded by a magnificent knock of 152 from opening bat Miles.
Rolls fielded only two recognised NPL-savvy bowlers in Tom Lungley (two for 59 in eight overs) and Matt Roberts (one for 70 in 10.5). But even they felt the full force of Miles’s willow.
The Bridon man belted no fewer than 12 sixes, plus 14 fours, in a 104-ball blast that rocketed his side to their target inside 34 overs.
The onslaught included a first-wicket stand of 165 with Paul van den Heuvel (43, eight fours). And although it was not enough to prevent the visitors finishing next to bottom, it WAS enough to stave off the dreaded drop because of Rolls’s expulsion. Only one team, bottom-of-the-table Mansfield Hosiery Mills, will be relegated.
Few will be more delighted in the Bridon camp than all-rounder Miles, who also took four for 46 in 11.5 overs with the ball earlier in the day.
With the help of Matthew Makings (three for 39 in 12 overs), Miles stopped Rolls in their tracks after they had sailed to 167 for four in the hands of Gurpej Landa (59, two sixes and seven fours) and Lungley (44, six fours), who put on 75 for the fifth wicket.
Openers Shaun Levy (25, five fours) and Michael Millwood (23, four fours) had also shared a partnership of 67.