Rolls fail to overcome strugglers in run feast

A RUN feast it might have been, but Rolls-Royce Leisure’s cushion at the head of Division A in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League was reduced marginally as they failed to beat strugglers Ellerslie.

Rolls, who have only lost once this season, made hay as they smashed the ball to all parts of the ground to amass a mammoth total approaching seven an over in their 50 overs.

Openers Wasim Karim (26) and Matthew Roberts (31) set the tone with a solid partnership.

The baton then passed to the strong middle order as Arslan Butt (63) and Shaharyar Aslam (75) made impressive half-centuries before former Papplewick player Husnain Riaz contributed an impressive 49.

The most wickets might have fell to Jurgen Charlesworth (four) and Peter Vladev (three) but their bowling was murdered as they were despatched for 99 runs in just 16 overs and 98 in 15 respectively by the unrelenting Rolls batsmen.

Add to that a bonus contribution of 41 from the extras column and Rolls were flying high.

The crowd must have thought the result was a foregone conclusion against an Ellerslie side who have only one outright win to their name.

But for once, the Rolls bowling attack faltered as they could only winkle out four of their opposition batsmen.

First Kane Wilson (28, five fours) shared a 64-run stand for the opening wicket with former Papplewick man John Wakeling.

Then the latter, who carried his bat for an undefeated 98 (one six and 11 fours) stood strong in a partnership of 139 with number three Daniel Mierkalns (75, three fours and ten sixes).

Rolls too managed to ship 37 extras as Ellerslie comfortably secured a losing draw and with their knock took the match total of runs towards the 700 mark.

Three Rolls bowlers managed to register a wicket apiece — skipper Saleem Karim, Riaz and Liaqat Ali — but they couldn’t keep a lid on the run-rate, particularly Riaz, who went for 56 runs in seven overs.