Rolls crowned champions of South Notts Cricket League

NUMBER ONE -- skipper Saleeem Karim confirms Rolls-Royce's status
NUMBER ONE -- skipper Saleeem Karim confirms Rolls-Royce's status

CELEBRATIONS could begin last weekend as Rolls-Royce Leisure were crowned champions of the Gunn And Moore South Notts Cricket League’s top flight.

Rolls have only lost one game all season in Division A so far and their lead over last Saturday’s opponents, Radcliffe, became too large to overcome as they registered an emphatic win.

It all means the title is wining its way to Hucknall with two games to spare.

Saturday’s eight-wicket demolition was rarely in doubt, Radcliffe bowled out for just 91 with Shaharyar Aslam taking five for 30 from his 13-over spell.

Radcliffe’s top scorer only managed 19 runs as they were bowled out in 34.3 overs.

The target proved little trouble for Rolls to overcome, though openers Wasim Karim and Mathew Roberts were both out cheaply early on.

But Husnain Riaz took control and ended with an unbeaten 67, which accompanied by Arslan Butt’s 17 not out was enough to win the game with plenty to spare.

The achievement means Rolls, who are led by chairman, manager and coach John Birch, went one better than last season when they were runners up in Division A, having finished third the year before that.

They now look set to join the Dispatch district’s top side, Papplewick and Linby in the Notts Premier League, another side that Birch’s influence helped to achieve Premier League status.

Plans for the club’s future look set to be revealed over the next few days, including confirmation as to whether or not Rolls-Royce will take part in the Notts Premier League next season.

Rolls made it a weekend to remember by also retaining the Hucknall Sports Spencer Cup Twenty20 competition.