1sts Reports

Date 12/08/2018

By Garry O'Key-Day

Subject Sandiacre vs Rolleston (11th Aug 2018)


Rolleston 1st XI’s performance away at Premier League title contenders Sandiacre Town suggests that all is not yet lost in the team’s fight against relegation. Eventually earning 13 points from a losing draw, there were stages during the match in which the visitors looked destined for victory. But the consistent seam bowler John Jordison (4-38) did just enough to rescue the hosts, despite tenacious batting by South African Under-19s player Jason Niemand (92) and his skipper Richard Green (44) who together compiled a superb 108 run third wicket partnership.

Sandiacre had opted to set a target and rushed to 31 without loss after five overs before Graham Dent (2-48) and Alex Brown delivered a seven over spell which leaked a mere eight runs. The pressure told, and Scott McNeil (17) fell lbw to Dent to bring left-hander Matt Kimmitt (41) to the middle. He and James Chapman (37) doubled the score prior to the opener lobbing Dent to Alex Britton at point.

The run-rate was about to accelerate, and rapidly, as Dan Birch (62) blasted boundaries to all parts of the ground. Spinners Niemand (2-75) and Tom Liversage were both made to suffer as Kimmitt stroked seven boundary fours and Birch launched six fours and four sixes, the partnership reaching a run-a-ball 92. The number three mishit Liversage (4-69) to Niemand who followed up in the next over by taking a sharp return catch to remove Birch – 169 for 4.

Rob Cook (30no) took time to bed in whilst Jordison was more forceful prior to spooning Liversage a comfortable caught and bowled opportunity. Dan Wheeldon made the same mistake off a less than perfectly pitched delivery and Bill Anderson boomed a straight six prior to edging Niemand’s next delivery behind to Green. Liversage bowled Matt Wright and Tom Bailey’s sharp fielding was enough to run out veteran John Trueman to trigger a home declaration at 246 for 9 after 46 overs.

Rolleston openers Gareth Marshall (17) and Liversage (24) wasted no time and featured nine boundaries when posting a fifty run partnership off just 47 balls. But four byes later, Marshall nicked Wheeldon (2-60) to wicketkeeper Anderson and Liversage was bowled by Jordison. Niemand and Green soon formed a solid partnership. The overseas player notched his half-century with a cover drive boundary four, a total of 67 deliveries needed to reach the milestone.

Green burst out of his shell and blasted a six and two fours from consecutive deliveries to force Cook out of the bowling attack. Looking sure to bag a fifty, he then turned Wheeldon to square-leg where Jordison completed an excellent diving catch. Alex Britton (12) joined Niemand and the pair added thirty runs to lift the visitors to 192 for 3, fourteen overs remaining.

However, Jordison struck again. Britton tried to force a single to the leg-side and his leading edge was snapped up by the bowler. Despite the persistent drizzle, both teams and both umpires were happy to see the match progress, and it was soon to develop in the hosts’ favour. Louis Burrows went leg before and Scott Cobley fell to an excellent one handed slip catch by Chapman to complete Jordison’s tally.

Niemand needed some assistance if Rolleston were to be successful and Brown managed to survive for forty minutes before hitting Wright to Jordison at point – 224 for 7. Bailey was trapped in front by Matt Newbold (2-38) with two overs left and Niemand, after facing 131 balls in over three hours at the crease, was given out lbw to the same bowler. Number eleven Jamie Wagstaff blocked out the remaining three deliveries and the innings closed on 232 for 9 - Sandiacre 17 points, Rolleston 13.