CRICKET: Menacing Rollers revel in run spree

FOLLOW THE LEADER -- skipper Saleem Karim, whose five-wicket haul sealed victory for Rolls
FOLLOW THE LEADER -- skipper Saleem Karim, whose five-wicket haul sealed victory for Rolls

EXPLOSIVE batting left Southwell chasing shadows and Rolls-Royce Leisure looking ever more menacing at the top of Division A in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.



Rolls, who have yet to be beaten since ex-Notts CCC captain John Birch took the reins as manager/chairman, produced their best performance yet of the new season.

And a huge, 300-plus total provided the foundation as nearly all of their frontline batsmen found a rich vein of form.

Opener Wasim Karim set the tone with a terrific 76 that included ten boundaries. He was ably supported by Rahim Karim (20, four fours) and young opener Mathew Roberts (17) before another big knock — this time from new signing Arslan Butt, who let rip with 77 (11 fours).

Shaharyar Aslam added 15 and skipper Saleem Karim 18 not out (two sixes). But the icing on the Rolls cake was supplied by another fresh recruit, Husnain Riaz (47, two fours) and Waheed Khan (43 not out), who clobbered eight sixes between them in a fiery finale.

Of the Southwell bowlers, Stephen Wright (three for 54 in 15 overs) kept plugging away. But the rest endured an afternoon to forget, most notably David Rimmer, who was sent for 74 in eight overs.

In reply, the home team started well enough in the hands of opening bats Tim Green (42, eight fours) and Matt Davis (18).

But once they had been removed by first-change Navid Kanwal (three for 23 in eight overs), Rolls were in command again.

Their victory was wrapped up by Saleem, who brought himself on as second-change and proceeded to claim figures of five for 38 from 10.1 polished overs.

Rimmer (32, four fours) and Freddie Sail (27) offered late defiance for Southwell but the last wicket fell in the 42nd of the allotted 50 overs.

Next stop for the rampant Rollers is a home game against bottom-of-the-table Belvoir.