High-flying Kyte destroys Rutland

Ilkeston batsman David Smit aims to put runs on the board during the defeat to Marehay on Saturday.
Ilkeston batsman David Smit aims to put runs on the board during the defeat to Marehay on Saturday.
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Ilkeston Rutland’s 1st XI were blown away on Saturday by one of the fastest ‘five-fors’ ever seen at the Rec.

The explosive burst of five wickets for two runs from 13 deliveries, including a hat-trick, was delivered by Marehay quickie James Kyte and effectively ended the contest before 2pm.

Rutland went into the game with the Division One leaders having risen to the top half of the table with a win and a winning draw from their last two encounters.

And for the first 45 minutes their openers David Smit and John Trueman weathered the new ball spell of Kyte and Australian import Matthew Doric.

Smit had just raised hopes with two boundaries from Doric’s seventh over when the Aussie knocked out his middle stump with his last delivery.

The dismissal had the effect of a dam bursting. Six more were washed away for the additon of only six runs.

Kyte got in on the action in his next over having Michael Chambers caught behind and in his next he trapped Damian Jones LBW.

The hat-trick followed - Trueman caught behind, Luke Marriott LBW and Darren Cundy bowled to leave Rutland in tatters at 47 for 7.

Kyte returned to wrap up the innings in his second spell and claim figures of 6 for 33.

Marehay lost six wickets reaching their target of 77, two of which fell with the scores already level.

Sam Moulds took 3 for 40 but the day belonged to Marehay who look to have the bowling fire power necessary to prevail in the race for promotion to the Prem.

Ilkeston Rutland’s 2nd XI fared better in their clash with Marehay but still ended up losing by six wickets.

They started very well with Ken Seaman and Ross Slater (19) adding 64 for the first wicket. Adam Slater (35) continued the good work and Seaman (64) reached his second half-century of the season.

It was 140 for 2 when Joe Bird was unleashed and he clattered 41 from only 24 balls to see Rutland close in on 200 for the first time this season.

Their tally of 203 for 8 should have been enough to pressure Marehay but openers Matt Bailey (72) and Dan Palmer (75) were both dropped behind the stumps and eased their way to 137 before the first wicket fell.

For Rutland, Richard Siddons delivered a most accurate spell of dobblers that might have got him a hatful of wickets on a luckier day and Bird continued his improvement with 2 for 38.

Rutland’s 3rd XI showed that their promotion hopes are more than just a dream with a convincing ten wicket win at Clowne Town.

Grant Robertson set up the win with 14 pinpoint overs which earned him 2 for 23 and allowed Luke White (4 for 53) and Jeff Dunbar (2 for 13) to prosper at the other end.

Chasing 125, Rutland made it look easy, an injured Aidan Smith (74 not out) and Luke White (47 not out) seeing them home with 30 overs to spare.