CRICKET: fifth-change bowler grabs six wickets to boost unbeaten Rolls

PUTTING ON THE STYLE -- Rahim Karim, who stroked a matchwinning half-century for Rolls -- DISPIC NHUD11-2206-3
PUTTING ON THE STYLE -- Rahim Karim, who stroked a matchwinning half-century for Rolls -- DISPIC NHUD11-2206-3
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HE came on only as FIFTH change. But he ended up with SIX wickets as high-flying Rolls-Royce Leisure stepped up their unbeaten start to the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Division A season.

WEST BRIDGFORDIANS 154

ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 155-6

Shaharyar Aslam is his name. And six for 38 from 7.4 overs were his remarkable figures as Rolls gunned down bottom-of-the-table West Bridgfordians to stay in pole position in the promotion race.

Shaharyar was introduced into the attack with the home side going well on 100 for two in the hands of opener Henry Straw (58, six fours) and number three Andrew Sharpe (43, eight fours).

But he removed them both, thanks to good work behind the stumps by wicketkeeper Waheed Khan, and within an hour, Bridgfordians were all out!

Shaharyar also bowled the hosts’ skipper, Oliver Straw, for 20, just when he was looking to mount a recovery, while new signing Husnain Riaz (one for 36 in seven overs) weighed in with the other late wicket to fall.

The earlier scalps had been claimed by skipper Saleem Karim (one for 18 in six) and Tayyab Khan (one for 11 in six).

In reply, Rolls had to endure an early fright when both openers, Wasim Karim and Mathew Roberts, departed cheaply.

But then came a matchwinning century-stand between Arslan Butt (73, one six and 15 fours) and Rahim Karim (58, two sixes and nine fours).

Ebullient but disciplined batting lifted Rolls to the brink of victory, which was achieved in the 33rd over after a burst of four more wickets — three for Aidan Bell (three for 41 in 10.1 overs).