3rds Reports

Date 13/09/2009

By Yakka

Subject Rolleston 3rds v Alvaston & Boulton 3rds 12-09-09


Final game of the season and what a day, brilliant sunshine, the ground looked a picture following the hard work of John ‘Greenfingers’ Hodson such a shame that it cant be enjoyed for longer, thanks all the same John, your hard work is well appreciated but more thanks at the end of the report.
On with the game, A&B desperately looking for points to avoid relegation put Rolleston in to bat on what looked like a flat batting wicket. With the regular openers missing the roles were handed over to ‘the veteran Steve’s’ Dolby and Yates. First up Yates enjoyed watching 5 wides in the first over sail safely past him before Dolby eventually managed to reach a ball to score the first off the bat. The second over however proved a different story. With the ball in-swinging wildly Sumner clean bowled Dolby(1) to put the home team onto the back foot. Tom Yates joined Yates senior and the pair grafted through the pursuing overs as they tried to come to terms with the swinging ball. Despite this the scoreboard was moving along healthily mainly due to the ever increasing number of wides filling the scorebook. Tom in particular started to treat anything loose with contempt. Steve whilst seeing off the openers took his score to 28 (four 4s) before eventually holing out at deep point with the score on 83 in the 21st over. Skipper and master tactician Mick Clay promoted himself up the order to join Tom but despite a couple early boundaries was bowled for 8. At 93 for 3 the welcomed return of Jon Hall started to really get the score moving. With Yates being ruthless to anything short and Hall pushing singles off almost every delivery the score was gathering momentum. Yates completed a fine 50 and continued to dominate eventually being caught at deep mid on on 65 (eleven 4s) with the score now 177 from 40 overs. Enter Brett Cobley, 2 massive sixes and lost balls later Brett and Jon took the score to 213 before Brett fell to a magnificent diving legside catch by the keeper for 16. To the crease comes Nigel Tate and off 7 deliveries smashed a superb 22 not out including two 6s and two fours and with Jon Hall launching 2 more sixes in a magnificent unbeaten 60 they took the score to a healthy 240 for 5 at the interval.
A&B bowling figures, K.Pearce 7-0-50-0, A.Sumner 10-2-43-2, T.Pope 14-1-43-1, E.Haliba 7-0-56-1, S.Nicholas 6-2-11-1, M.P.Johal 2-0-13-0.
The responsibility of pursuit for early wickets was handed to Louba Burrows and Warren ‘X Factor’ Cowell. With a high required run rate of over 5 an over the A&B openers could not afford a slow start, and Johal wasted little time in trying to get ahead of the game. Rolleston were unlucky not to remove both opening batsman in the first 10 overs but a drop at slip and another at deep square leg didn’t help the cause and with the edge of the bat being found regularly and many aerial shot falling into no-mans-land. Johal rode his luck and was beginning to find the boundary at regular intervals. Showell replaced Louba but was unable to break the opening partnership. T.Yates took over from Cowell at the Sheep End in the hope that taking pace off the ball may do the trick. Dolby then replaced unlucky A.Showell in the 23rd over. The visitors had raced to 109 for 0 from 23 overs before T.Yates made the break through trapping S.Mann(22) LBW, but this time the ‘Pie Shop’ was well and truly closed. This was the spark that triggered the collapse of A&B as they lost 9 wickets for just 68 runs. A magnificent running catch by tate on the long on fence and another steepling over the shoulder catch by S Yates aiding the guile of Dolbys seam bowling. In the very next over Dolby removed the dangerous Johal(74) with a beauty which just lifted the bail from the top of off-stump. T.Yates and Dolby then bowled in tandem for the next 18 overs and between them took 6 wickets for just 56 runs, Dolby taking 5 of the wickets in a magnificent spell of 5-38. A&B had crumbled to 168 for 8 from 43 overs and now had the difficult task of trying to hold on for a losing draw. S.Yates replaced the impressive T.Yates (3 for 37) in an attempt to prise a wicket out of the A&B batsman. Step-forward Nige ‘The Whippet’ Tate, after a soft push down the ground and a call for a single Nige swooped round and in one movement hurled down the stumps with the batsman not even close to making his ground, 9 down. After an over littered with mysterious spin, wrongs ‘uns and brutal pace which clearly bamboozled both the batsman and the skipper behind the stumps the unlucky S.Yates was removed from the attack and replaced with the opening bowled Burrows. With the 5th ball of the final over Burrows bowled a high full toss which was top edged by the stubborn S.Sumner, and T.Yates raced in from short cover to take the catch. Needless to say the Rolleston boys erupted in jubilation only for the ‘Were too honest for our own good’ square leg umpire to call a no-ball. Sumner then batted of the remaining ball with no problems. A&B finishing on 178 for 9. That brought an eventful season to a close for the 3rds in which there had been some truly magnificent performances and some truly terrible ones but the boys should certainly take heart from the late season form.
Final word must go to some excellent performances along the way from a largely young side, thanks from the Lads to skipper Mick Clay for his hard work on matchdays, John Hodson for being both an ever present scorer and our groundsman alongside Dave Woodburn and thanks to Kay and the ‘Tea girls’ for the best teas in the league. Thanks to all who’ve been down to watch the Lads give their best on matchdays, its great to see you and finally I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the reports, a bit of fun and maybe a bit biased but a decent account of our season…. Roll on 2010 !!
L.Burrows 7-2-25-0, W.Cowell 7-0-37-0, A.Showell 5-0-33-0, T.Yates 14-4-37-3, S.Dolby 12-2-38-5, S.Yates 1-0-10-0
Rolleston 19pts Alvaston & Boulton 8pts