CRICKET: Relentless Rolls given a helping hand

THE BOWLERS of Rolls-Royce Leisure were key as their side’s own relentless form in defeat of West Bridgfordians and results elsewhere combined to help them take another big step towards the title in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

WEST BRIDGFORDIANS 107-9

ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 108-3

Liaqat Ali and Shaharyar Aslam collected four victims apiece as the locals shot out the home side cheaply before the batsmen took over to secure a seven-wicket victory — the side’s ninth outright win in 13 outings this season.

As the dust settled, news then broke of a surprise defeat for Rolls’s nearest challengers, Notts Unity Casuals.

It leaves Rolls with a comfortable lead with a game in hand and just six more matches to negotiate.

When asked to bat, Brdgfordians, who are second-from-bottom in the table, made a decent start in the hands of openers Alistair Petitt (14, one four), who stuck around for 65 deliveries, and Henry Straw (11), who negotiated 55 deliveries, to take the shine off the new ball.

But as first change Ali (four for 36 from 14 overs) and third change Aslam (four for 17 from ten) got into their stride, the home batsmen became bogged down and there was a procession of wickets.

But for a knock of 15 not out (one six and one four) from Oliver Straw and 22 extras, Rolls would have been casing a sub-100 target.

As it was, it didn’t matter as they knocked off the runs comfortably despite losing openers Arfan Khalid and Matthew Roberts cheaply early on.

Abdul Khan, in at number three, stroked 31 (five fours) before Wasim Karim (37, two sixes and three fours) and Waheed Khan (11, two fours) shared a match winning partnership for the fourth wicket.

The Rolls players were back in the hut inside 26 overs and celebrating their latest success.