Riaz sparks Rolls to local derby honours

HUCKNALL failed to put the newly-crowned champions, neighbours Rolls-Royce under enough pressure with their batting total

HUCKNALL failed to put the newly-crowned champions, neighbours Rolls-Royce under enough pressure with their batting total

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CHAMPIONS Rolls-Royce Leisure took the local derby bragging rights as they beat Hucknall by three wickets in the latter’s final game of the season.

There were some decent performances on both sides with both bat and ball but in the end it was Rolls who picked up 20 points to Hucknall’s six.

The visitors from just down the road batted first and were limited to a total of 179 all out in 48.2 overs, although it was a decent effort, particularly in the face of some impressively accentuated spin from Sheriyar Aslam who finished with 5-34 off 16 overs.

However, to begin with, Hucknall had got off to a bad start when Aaron Lee and Robin Maxwell were dismissed early doors.

Max Thompson and Scott Harris produced a good scoring rate and 75-2 represented a good recovery by the pair.

Harris departed for 28 then the middle order gave support with Richard Greatorex (12) and Lee Smith (16) complimenting Thompson’s knock of 43, his best first team innings for over two years.

Tim Buckthorpe and Josh Buckley went cheaply but Jake Wright hung around and batted well. He had been was threatening a big finish when he was run out by Adam Scott for 30.

In reply, Josh Buckley made early in roads into Rolls’ batting with two wickets but the rest of the innings was dominated by Husnain Riaz, who finished with an unbeaten score of 65 which was achieved off 61 balls.

Hucknall chipped away at the other end with two wickets for Scott in a spell which included being hit for an absolutely massive six.

Wright ran out Waheed Khan for six and Maxwell picked up two late wickets but the result was never in doubt despite Rolls having seven wickets down – and they got themselves over the winning line with nearly 17 overs to spare.

Rahim Karim was ten not out at the end for Rolls-Royce.

For Hucknall, Robin Maxwell (2-10), Josh Buckley (2-28) and Adam Scott (2-48) were the wicket takers.