New boy Levy guides Rolls back to winning ways

SHAUN Levy struck form for Rolls.
SHAUN Levy struck form for Rolls.

Dodging the showers and the bullets fired by local-derby rivals Kimberley, ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE recovered from their blip the previous week to return to winning ways.

Rolls needed to bounce back quickly from their losing draw against Caythorpe to step up their bid for the Notts Premier League title.

And they did so with a fine three-wicket victory over Kimberley at their new home at the Derby Rolls-Royce site to establish an early-season slot of third in the table.

After restricting the visitors to a total of 193 for eight in their allotted 50 overs, Rolls batted well in awkward conditions.

And their hero was one of their new winter signings, Shaun Levy, a 25-year-old batsman who was once on the books of Middleses.

Ex-West Indian Cavaliers Levy opened the innings and top scored with a sensible 74 from 116 balls, hitting one six and six fours.

After losing his first partner Ross Carnelley cheaply, Levy built a solid second-wicket stand of 77 with Matt Roberts, who chipped in with a valuable 33 (four fours).

Skipper Dan Birch then added some fire and brimstone to the innings by smacking four sixes in a quickfire 32.

And by the time Levy finally perished, run out, with the score on 170, most of Rolls’s work was done.

Despite a four-wicket haul for Kimberley’s George Bacon (four for 64 in 11 overs), the locals eased home by the 44th over with the help of 21 from Tom Lungley.

Earlier, all-rounder Bacon had also taken the eye with the bat, firing an undefeated 44, which included three sixes and three fours, going in at number seven.

His knock, which featured in a stand of 51 with Sam Johnson (41) enabled Kimberley to recover from a parlous 94 for five.

After winning the toss, they had started encouragingly enough, with openers Dominic Brown (27) and Jon Terry (26, three fours) putting on 46 for the first wicket.

But then Rolls’s spin twins, Dane Straw and Roberts, got to work. Ex-Papplewick and Linby man Straw returned four for 51 from ten overs, while Roberts underlined his emergence as an effective all-rounder with figures of two for 32 from 15 overs.

Lungley (one for 42 in ten overs) and new signing Atif Sheikh (one for 41 in ten) also picked up a wicket apiece before Johnson dug in to keep Kimberley’s heads afloat.

As well as Bacon, Alex King (21) added useful runs before the innings was wrapped up by a couple of stumpings for the home team’s new wicketkeeper, Suhail Ahmed.

This coming Saturday, Rolls travel to Radcliffe-on-Trent, where they take on the side who were crowned champions of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League last season, just ahead of Hucknall in the table.