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Cricket: Rolleston bring the Marston's Smooth Trophy back down the M1

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

  • LEADING THE WAY ... Rolleston's star pairing of Muhammad Zaroob and Gareth Marshall.

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ROLLESTON brought the Marston's Smooth Trophy back to the Willows after beating Quarndon in the final at Staveley Welfare.

Muhammad Zaroob (4-31) starred with the ball as Rolleston blew Quarndon away for just 119 after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

Gareth Marshall (37), Rolleston's Mr Reliable, then hit the biggest score of the match as his side got home with four wickets and four overs to spare.

Marshall, skippering the side in the absence of captain Mark James, was delighted to bring a trophy home.

"We're really pleased for everyone at the club," he said.

"We've had a good season and worked really hard throughout the winter preparing for it.

"We've had a good run in the cups in the last couple of seasons, getting to the semi-finals of the national last season and reaching the final of the Breweries Cup this year.

"We're also in the final of the T20 competition, so it's been a good season."

Marshall had no hesitation in bowling first in North Derbyshire.

He got quick reward as Ben Liversage (3-17) grabbed both openers after they tried to dig in.

Two of Quarndon's former Derbyshire stars, Ben Spendlove and Nathan Dumelow, then put on 31 for the third wicket before the attacking Spendlove (13) was pinned in front by Zaroob.

Luke Nelson (3-36) then got an lbw verdict against Michael Lidsey before he had scored and Adrian Rollins – formerly of Derbyshire and Northamptonshire – was cleaned up by Zaroob for another duck.

Quarndon were in trouble at 67-5 and when Dumelow, still a class act in club cricket, was trapped leg before by Zaroob for 34 off 52 balls, Rolleston were in total command.

Raja Sohail Haider (10) was the next man out for Quarndon and the Willowers would have fancied chasing a target in double figures.

Enter Charles Percival, though, with the dangerous hitter crashing three sixes and a four in 27 from just 25 balls.

When he finally ran out of partners, Quarndon had at least got a target to defend.

After tea, Rolleston made a solid start and reached 38 before James Ede was bowled by man-of-the-match Dumelow's off-spin (3-14).

Marshall, though, was still there and compiling steadily and sensibly. He was the next man out with the scores on 72.

Tom Liversage (14) and veteran Paul Allen (1) soon followed and at 78-4 there was a wobble.

Alex Britton was stumped off Dumelow and Zaroob fell to Sohail to leave the Willowers on 95-6.

There was some work to do and Mark Chalkley (14 off 46 balls) dropped anchor in the company of Ben Liversage (16 off 27 balls).

They made sure there were no futher wobbles and saw Rolleston over the line.

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