3rds Reports

Date 08/05/2010

By Yakka

Subject Rolleston 3rds vs. Littleover 2nds


First home game, ground looked in good nick but the wicket had been on the receiving end of a good rain soaking. Changes saw Jake ‘Shakey’ Edwards making his debut and Phil Burrows don his whites for the first time this season. Skipper Mick Clay won his second toss of the season and opted to put the visitors in to bat
Louis Burrows and Shakey were given the new ball. Both bowled with pace and accuracy beating the bat on numerous occasions without any luck. 7 over spells were completed with only 28 on the board after 14. Alex Showell replaced Burrows and Tom Yates on for Shakey, one loosener from each was soon put right as Yates trapped Lal LBW for 13 and Showell removed Hamid (18) courtesy of a Steve Dolby catch. Littleover continued to accumulate slowly with the occasional boundary until the 25th when Burrows reacted quickly to run out Ahmed (12), skipper Clay doing his best to make a mess by dropping the throw then missing the stumps with his first swipe before finally removing the bails with his next attempt. Yates then claimed Ali (1) with a Burrows catch with the score at 60 for 4. Showell then bowled Kushnud (16) in his final over. Khan then plundered a quickfire 16 before being caught in the deep by Gallagher off Yates. Dolby on for Showell bowled Nazir (1) in his opening over and Littleover were in trouble at 84 for 7 from 30 overs. Yates and Dolby bowled in tandem as Dolby then cleaned up the tail by removing Akbar (9) caught by Dennis Widdows, Hamid (0) with another close in Widdows catch and finally Hussain (12) caught by Edwards. Dolby finishing with 4 for 14. Littleover finishing on 107 in 38.2 overs. Burrows 7-1-10-0, Edwards 7-3 14-0, Showell 7-0-28-2, Yates 12-2-40-3 Dolby 5.2-2-14-4.
Dennis and Keith Widdows again opened looking to build another solid base but Dennis was soon to be undone as a swinging ball saw him caught behind for 0. Yates joined Keith as Widdows struck three quick boundaries to get the score moving. Yates (3) was soon caught at cover off a rising delivery from Hussain. Gallagher came to the crease in need of a score and after a watchful start began to hit the gaps and find the boundary. Widdows was the next to fall caught Ahmed bowled Khan for a useful 22. Cobley then joined Gallagher in the middle but was unable to recreate the clean hitting which put last week’s game against Darley Abbey safe. A huge bit good fortune for Littleover saw a ball from Khan strike Cobley (3) in the ‘crown jewels’ before trickling back onto leg stump. Dolby then strode out to meet Gallagher who had started to accumulate runs with ease. After unluckily finding the fielders a number of times with good shots Dolby(6) holed out at long off, off the bowling of Islam. Rolleston were now 73 for 5 from 21 overs, still requiring another 35 runs for victory. Showell joined Gallagher at the wicket and the pair went about knocking off the final runs. After some scary moments and some questionable shot selections Rolleston finally reached their target in the 31st over with a strong pull shot through mid-wicket by Gallagher (42). Showell was left not out on 19 at the other end.
Back to back wins for the 3rds against two of the league’s most competitive teams spells a fantastic start for the lads. Again it was the bowling performance which was the real highlight of the day for Rolleston but there were some encouraging performances with that bat as well. Hopefully players in form can continue and those looking for form can find some and with a settled team there’s real cause for optimism this season.
Rolleston 22pts, Littleover 3pts.