After a run of positive results, Spital came crashing back down to earth with defeat at the hands of Grassmoor at Barnes Park.
Spital won the toss and skipper Blair elected to bat first.
Grassmoor’s opening attack of Dawes and Spendlove restricted the scoring with a niggling and consistent combination of both line and length early on.
Spital’s batsmen Slater and Howitt found runs hard to come by and the score only reached double figures in the tenth over.
Both opening batsmen had their middle stumps removed trying to force the pace with a wicket each for Spendlove and Dawes.
Chris Plant and Everard Taylor came together and Plant was unfortunate to consistently find a fielder with a number of attacking shots.
Grassmoor were also aided by some outstanding ground fielding.
The score was still trickling along when Plant became Spendlove’s second victim, bowled for seven.
At drinks, Spital were 45 for three. Skipper Blair made the cardinal sin of trying to attack the first ball after the break and was caught by skipper Andy Woolvern for five.
Badger joined Taylor and both players went on the ascendancy.
Taylor had just reached his 50 when Badger was bowled by Woolvern for 33. In the next over, Taylor was caught leg before wicke to the bowling of Woolvern for a fine 59.
Veteran Rob Lee and Gavin Horton scored a quickfire 25 off the remaining five overs to give the Spital score some semblance of respectability as they closed on 159 for eight.
For Grassmoor, Andy Woolvern completed an excellent spell of bowling returning figures of four for 17, ably supported by Dawes one for ten, Marshall one for 39 and Spendlove two for 17.
In reply, skipper Blair surprisingly gave the new ball to spinner Plant.
It soon became evident, however, that he would be unlikely to repeat his five wicket haul from the previous week as Chris Fletcher and Adam Bedford scored freely.
With only eight overs gone, the score had reached 50 and Blair made a double bowling change introducing Taylor and Lee to try and stem the run flow.
However, with both batsmen set, the bowling change had little impact and Fletcher very quickly reached his 50.
In all, seven bowlers were tried but Grassmoor went on to secure victory in the 24th over with Fletcher unbeaten on 74 and Bedford 73.
Defeat for Spital puts a severe dent in their championship hopes, whilst victory for Grassmoor takes them up the table into their own promotion challenging position in Section One of the Mansfield and District Cricket Sunday League.