1sts Reports

Date 24/04/2018

By Rolleston 1st XI vs A & B 1st XI (21/4/18)

Subject A&B Caught Out by A.B.

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Rolleston 1st XI made an encouraging start to the 2018 Derbyshire Premier League campaign by scoring a seven wickets victory over visitors, Alvaston & Boulton. Home bowler Graham Dent was off to a flyer, his rampaging spell returning impressive figures of 5 for 28 from 15 overs.

Only the patient Hassan Adnan (33no) and England U19 representative Hamidullah Qadri (22) offered a deal of resistance although South African Shane Williams (14) looked a threat prior to smashing a Dent delivery into the safe hands of Alex Brown at mid-off. His was the third wicket to fall, Adris Azam and Chris McIlroy already bowled by Dent and Brown respectively and both back in the pavilion.

Qadri edged Alex Britton behind to wicket-keeper and new 1st XI captain Rich Green, and Ahmed Raza was trapped in front by Dent at 93 for 5. Away skipper Rahim Ali survived just two deliveries before Dent reorganised his wickets, soon to be followed by Ahmad Zazai whose needless run-out must have frustrated Adnan who was rapidly running out of partners.

Dent’s five-for was complete when Adam Wheatcroft lofted one to long-off where Brown somehow converted what appeared to be a forlorn hope into an extraordinary success – 112 for 8. The left-arm spin of Tom Liversage (2-15) polished off the innings, clean bowling Colin Griggs and pinning Steve Ottewell lbw, neither batsman troubling the scorers.

A less than daunting target was made a little more challenging when rain arrived at the end of the break for tea, one and a half hours lost and the match becoming a ‘time game’. Left arm opening bowler Zazai soon claimed the prized wicket of Gareth Marshall when beating the bat and receiving the umpire’s nod of approval for a confident lbw appeal.

Brothers Tom and Ben Liversage calmed the waters and posted 37 runs for the second wicket before Ben (16) was bowled by off-spinner Qadri. Alex Britton had plenty of time to settle as the game entered the final hour in which a minimum of seventeen overs had to be bowled. He and Liversage pressurised the fielders with a string of quickly run singles as Rolleston’s opener eased towards a half-century. But Qadri struck again, Liversage attempting a sweep shot and not at all surprised to receive an lbw dismissal.

But at 81 for 3, the hosts were still in control. Leeds University student Liam Goode (16no) joined Britton with a little more than three runs per over required for victory. And it soon became apparent that the final hour’s bowling allocation was more than enough. Britton continued his tip and run tactics while, at the other end, Goode bludgeoned just the second six of the day and a boundary four to close in on the target which was met when a Wheatcroft no-ball was clipped for two runs. Rolleston claimed a confidence building 22 points, A & B just one point.