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Willowers stay top of the heap in spite of a heavy Sunday defeat

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

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IN DIVISION Six South, Rolleston 3rds had a mixed weekend but it ended with them sitting at the top of the table with a nine-point lead over Clifton 2nds, although the latter have two games in hand.

It could have been so much better for Rolleston but they lost heavily to fellow promotion-chasers WALTON 2NDS on Sunday.

On Saturday, Rolleston beat Wootton by 13 runs with the runs of Mark Chalkley (27) and Anton Williams (44) proving especially vital.

The Willowers made good progress to 119-3 but they faltered against Will Heathcote (4-30) and Joe Clowes (2-26) and had to settle for 178-9.

It proved just enough, however, despite an excellent start by Wootton in reply that saw them reach 106-2.

Sam Jilbert (35), George Avery (33) and Will Tomkinson (27) (pictured left) appeared to be taking Wootton to victory but up stepped Williams (5-31) to bowl his side to victory.

Sam Ford (2-31) began the slide and Brandon Ridgeway (2-8) chimed in as Wootton slumped to 165 all out.

Walton’s match at home to bottom side Quarndon 3rds was unfortunately a victim of the weather but the Station Lane second string made amends on Sunday with an easy win over Rolleston 3rds.

On this occasion Rolleston’s batting failed, Chalkley (34) being the exception, with Ross Hallam (6-23) (pictured right) and Lewis Williams (2-1) dismissing the hosts for a lowly 71 in 33.2 overs.

After tea, Williams (2-23) caused early alarm for Walton but Brandon Walker-Insley (22no) and Martin Moreton (20no) combined solidly and Walton eased to a seven-wicket win in the 29th over.

TRENTSIDE 2NDS dropped two places to eighth following a narrow defeat to fellow strugglers Littleover Centurions.

Trentside were all at sea after being asked to bat first until Michael Metcalfe (80) and Hummy Sharif (22) got together.

They helped the visitors post a respectable 162-8 following early discomfort caused by Amar Ali (5-40) and Zakariya Hamid (3-27).

But the total proved just a few runs short of a winning one, with Littleover edging over the line in the 43rd over with nine wickets down.

Shamoon Mahmood (88) had put the hosts in a strong position and runs from Arshad Ahmed (25) and Tariq Fazal (23no) should really have made for an easier win.

But Kevin Bailey (3-29), Sam Shelton (3-51) and Joseph Marlow (2-18) responded for Trentside, who would have claimed victory but for Fazal’s dogged stubbornness.

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