1sts Reports

Date 10/09/2018

By Bram Hall-Lanetrip

Subject Eckington vs Rolleston (8th Sept 2018)


Having had their relegation from the Derbyshire Premier League confirmed last week, there was a distinct end-of-term feel about Rolleston 1st XI’s performance at Eckington’s ECG on Saturday.

The visitors had opted to bat first but were swiftly dismissed for a weak 67 all out. Pace bowler Nathan Musselwhite (5-33) and spinner Adam Leonard (5-16) soon sliced through the batting line-up, and were encouraged by some dubious shot selections.

Musselwhite claimed top order batsmen Gareth Marshall, Alex Brown and Rich Green - all leg before wicket – and Tom Liversage top-edged a sweep shot to wicketkeeper Staniforth off Leonard. When Louis Burrows nicked Musselwhite behind and Tom Bailey popped up a return catch to Leonard, the visitors were reeling on 25 for 6. And only four runs had been added when Ben Liversage walked past a Leonard delivery and Staniforth removed the bails at the second attempt.

Alex Britton quickly settled in and forged a promising partnership with Sam Bassett, the former facing more than five overs prior to having his off-stump dislodged by Musselwhite to claim his five-for. Bassett (9) displayed a high degree of patience and application, and had faced just one ball short of twelve overs when falling caught and bowled by Leonard.

Graham Dent (13no) had partnered Bassett in a ninth wicket stand of 27 runs but the innings ended after thirty overs, Leonard trapping Jamie Wagstaff in front for the fifth duck of the day.

Bullimore brothers, Tom (31) and Joe (18) soon made giant strides towards their target. The first of only two home wickets to fall featured a sharp catch in the gully by Ben Liversage to remove Bullimore (J) off Wagstaff. There was to be no sudden collapse. Tom Bullimore was run out by Bassett when chasing a needless second run but Harry Smith (13no) stroked the winning runs to close proceedings in the eighteenth over.