1sts Reports

Date 18/09/2017

By Enda de Ceesun

Subject Eckington vs Rolleston (16th September 2017)


Rolleston 1st XI travelled north to Eckington to play their final Premier League match of the 2017 season and returned empty handed following a nine wickets drubbing. Once again, the visitors were invited to set a target and were soon in trouble.

Tom Liversage was castled by Cameron Ball and both Gareth Marshall and Muhammad Zaroob were run out by Josh Vaughan with a mere 22 runs on the board. There was worse to come. Alex Britton and Callum Brodrick (23) nicked off to wicketkeeper Lewis Staniforth, Tom Bullimore and Nathan Musselwhite the respective bowlers.

Nils Priestley (16) faced seven overs but fell to spinner Matt Sonczak when young Archie Gleadall took a straight forward catch at mid-on. The same bowler out-smarted Alex Brown, and away keeper Joe Bassett was another to edge behind to Staniforth, Bullimore (4-44) claiming his second wicket.

The seamer followed up by bowling Ben Liversage. Number eleven Jamie Wagstaff smashed a couple of boundaries but it was Bullimore’s day - Gleadall again on hand to collect the batsman’s top-edge, and the innings closing on a paltry 88 all out.

Eckington openers, brothers Joe and Tom Bullimore (47no) confidently chipped away at the target although the former did experience a couple of close shaves against Brown and Brodrick. But by the time Joe (29) lofted Brodrick high to Priestley he had stroked two boundary fours and a six, and only 21 runs were required to claim victory.

Number three batsman Gleadall took on a supporting role as Bullimore (T) raced towards his half-century. The man-of-the-match’s seven fours and a six left him just short of fifty when Gleadall’s drive to the rope took the hosts over the line. Following a sticky start to the year, Eckington have excelled to finish third in the league, Rolleston a disappointing tenth but well clear of any relegation threat.