ROLLESTON vs SAWLEY & LE PARK
A lucrative ‘winning draw’ for Rolleston over Sawley & LE Park moved the hosts closer to mid-table security whilst piling more pressure on the suddenly struggling visitors.
The day started so brightly for Sawley, winning the toss and a first ball bouncer from Conway-Jones enticing Yakka into an injudicious shot, wicketkeeper Birley taking the catch. Dan Clark and Mark James took the score to 18 before the young opener was well caught in the slips by Lawton off Swain. Jaymo survived a couple of early scares when he twice edged through slips to the boundary but his partnership with Rutts soon gathered momentum.
The Ace Sports(man) quickly forced the removal of the opening bowlers and reached fifty after an hour at the crease and 51 deliveries, ten fours helping his cause. But minutes later Jaymo (28) offered C-J a catch off Aussie David Cameron and the score stood at 104 for 3 after 23 overs.
The last person Sawley players wanted to see was a dangerous and in-form AB who took little time to settle in as Rutts (110) led the way. His century came after two hours, C-J suffering another blast to the rope, and when the number four eventually fell he’d accumulated 19 fours and left the hosts well placed on 195, ten overs to go.
Shonka Allen (51 no) immediately started nicking singles and twos whilst AB (69) was finding the boundary with regularity. He reached another half-century with a firmly struck four (67 balls, 85 minutes) and smashed a further three boundaries before being caught by the prime minister off Matt Rhodes. Shonka needed a maximum off the last ball of the innings if he was to add another fifty to his collection – no problem, weighted beautifully to land a fraction over the rope near the pavilion – time for tea, 283-5.
Rhodes and Eckersley (31) made a reasonable start, both enduring lots of dot balls but taking advantage of any loose deliveries from Livvo and AB (3-24), one per over on the day. But Britton struck twice, Rhodes lbw and the prime minister bowled out of office.
When C-J fell to a diving catch by Yakka 66-3 off 19 and the visitors had a long way to go. Nelson had only to wait until his second over before Eckersley fine-edged behind to Dan. Sawley’s Dan Brown (30) tried to bludgeon his team back into the match – four fours followed by a big six off Bakes (3-37) before the Wizard pinned him in front in his following over.
The spin twins twirled sixteen overs down and Bakes nailed both Brunton and Lawton in front to reduce the score to 127 for 7 with six overs to go. Britton returned and, first ball back, forced an edge from a battling Gary Birley, Danny C. completing the job. And when Nellie dismissed Kelsall in the 49th, Rolleston had ten balls left to take the one wicket required for victory. It was not to be, wily Jeff Glover batting out to take a small share of the spoils – Sawley 133 for 9. Rolleston 20 points, Sawley & LE Park 4 points
ROLLS ROYCE vs ROLLESTON
Another opportunity to pull further away from the relegation zone was snapped up at Moorways when bottom placed Rolls Royce were put to the sword. Outstanding bowling by the Wizard (8-24) ripped the home defences apart as the hosts fell from 30 without loss to 106 all out.
Openers Faheem Ahmed (16) and Urfan Fazal (22) showed AB and Livvo plenty of respect, the former’s first five overs leaking only three runs and including four maidens. Bakes replaced Livvo in the twelfth and made the breakthrough in his just his second over, U.F. not reading the wrong’n and naively shouldering arms – lbw. Fellow opener F.A. struck a couple of boundaries off Britton but the Wizard spun one through to make it 49 for 2 after eighteen.
Mehmoon Tariq soon revealed his intentions by stroking a Livvo delivery to the rope first ball but perhaps should have had a longer look at the leg-spin on offer before offering a catch to Yakka. Omar Yussean clattered Nellie straight back for a huge six and then tried to sweep the same bowler last ball before the drinks break, the resulting lbw decision possibly harsh but a poor shot selection by the batsman.
When number three Sahd Shafiq (23) gave Rutts a steepler at mid-on and Kashif Hussain edged one to Fordy, Bakes had a five-for and 89 for 6 looked grim for Royce’s. BoBo Mohammed was the next to lose his stumps to the rampant Aussie who then took a brilliant sharp catch off Nellie to dismiss Asher Aslam. The hosts had just hit three figures when Bakes polished them off by bowling Malooq and winning another leg before decision over a less than impressed Amir Iqbal – 106 all out.
Just the 66 overs then in which to score 107 runs – but hadn’t we been here before only two seasons ago and been skittled for 99 runs! No Shazad Khan and Naeem Akhtar this time round. Marshy (40no) and Jaymo (54no) opened and appeared untroubled by all six bowlers used, with the possible exception of Kashif who proved difficult to get away.
The skipper’s confidence grew in direct proportion to his boundary count and passed fifty after 77 minutes and 62 deliveries, nine fours included. Marshy was in the zone but can’t have been happy about having to run four threes as the home fielding became a little ragged, some players’ attitude more than a little disappointing as the game drifted to its inevitable conclusion. Rolleston 22 points, RR 0 points.
By Scorebox Winno
Subject Rolleston vs Sawley & Rolls Royce vs Rolleston July/AugReply
ROLLESTON vs SAWLEY & LE PARK