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Division Nine South round-up: Uttoxeter 2nds slip up in title push in Rolleston defeat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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UTTOXETER 2nds suffered defeat for only the second time in 2014 and it cost them top spot in Division Nine South.

It was Rolleston 4ths who inflicted the defeat, a result that moves them up to fourth in the table.

After being put in, Rolleston lost an early wicket but they hit back through Duncan Boddy (38) and Niall Dawkins (39), who added an important 81 for the second wicket.

Tim Powell refused to let Rolleston get away, however, and his excellent 7-63, coupled with a 2-24 return for Richard Stewart, restricted the home side to a modest 162 all out in 39.1 overs.

Uttoxeter had 50 overs at their disposal in reply but they were bowled out in 36 to leave Rolleston the victors by 34 runs.

Joe Bateman (2-24) grabbed two early scalps and Rolleston never recovered.

Stan Maxwell (35no) and Powell (26) added 34 for the third wicket but Luke O’Gorman (2-17) burst on to the scene and the visitors found themselves in trouble at 93-6.

Pete Atwell and Dave Whitehead added 30 for the seventh wicket to give their side hope, but Dawkins (3-3) was on hand to quickly polish off the tail with the help of Mick Acton.

Standing firm throughout was opener Maxwell, and one more contribution like his would have seen the match go Uttoxeter’s way.

Washlands missed out moving into the top three in suffering defeat to Kings Bromley, who lifted themselves off the foot of the table with their first win of the campaign.

Paul Ward (3-22) claimed early wickets for Bromley and Washlands were always on the back foot thereafter.

Jamie Collyer (36) and Mark Roberts (20) improved matters briefly but Neil Roobottom (2-30) and Shahid Iqbal (3-32) restored Bromley’s advantage with the home side restricted to a disappointing 129-8.

Bromley have rarely shined with the bat in 2014 but Muhammad Mughal (74) and Paul Housley (24) ensured that this was one victory that was not going to get away.

It was duly completed by seven wickets in the 31st over.

Hartshorne 2nds climbed two places to seventh after comfortably beating strugglers Alrewas 3rds by seven wickets.

Kevin Slater (4-29) and Jack Gallagher (2-20) took control for Hartshorne, with Alrewas restricted to 149-9 from their allotment of 46 overs.

Only Dave Stewart (43) and Josh Woolley (32no) were able to make any impression.

Mark Williams claimed an early wicket after tea but Slater (57no) was immovable, being eventually joined by Simon Ashcroft (45no) in a match-winning fourth-wicket partnership of 82.

Lullington Park 4ths slipped two places to eighth after coming off second best in a draw with Rolls Royce Leisure 3rds.

Ryan Oliver (3-68) gave Lullington a great start with early wickets but Mohammed Mahroof (39) and Ahmed Butt (31) successfully repaired the early damage.

Geoff Leedham (4-49) struck back for Lullington but Moheen Hussain (82) and Mohammed Ali (40) combined brilliantly and Royces reached a challenging 227-8.

It was going to be a tall order after tea for Park, especially so after two early setbacks, but Mark Cooper (26) and Adam Poynton (30) restored order with a fine third wicket stand.

Sahir Alam (2-20) removed both but the home side reached safety thanks to Paul Mantell (49) and Ian Cooper (26), despite the threat posed by Rishbha Sapkota (2-36) and Mohammed Ali (3-40).

Lullington ended the day on a fairly solid 182-8.

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