Ilkeston Rutland’s 1st XI secured a winning draw against promotion rivals Stainsby Hall on Saturday in a high-scoring encounter.
Batting first on an excellent track, Rutland were soon flying along thanks to an opening stand of 112 between Michael Chambers (43) and David Smit (81).
The best, however, was yet to come as Luke Marriott built on his unbeaten 77 of the week before with 88 from just 81 balls including four sixes and nine fours.
Although he fell 12 short of a well-deserved century, the momentum was maintained with cameos from Damien Jones (26) and Matt Wakefield (21 not out), to post a target of 299 for the visitors to chase.
They were soon in trouble as Sam Moulds removed both of their openers with just 16 on the board but their chances were transformed by a remarkable innings from home-qualified South African David Smyth.
He smashed 133 from only 96 balls and though wickets fell around him, he alone kept Stainsby in sight of an unlikely victory.
There was huge relief when Rutland captain Rob Green removed him to make the score 241 for 7 and from then on Stainsby were content to bat out for the losing draw.
The result gave Rutland 17 points to Stainsby’s 12 and keeps Rutland in fourth place in the Division One table with another crunch game away to third placed Clifton on Saturday.
l Rutland’s 1st XI, minus the vast majority of their regulars, lost heavily in the Derbyshire Premier League 20:20 group stages on Monday at Denby.
The hosts piled up 171 for 3 from their 20 overs with only Adam Slater (2 for 35) and Luke Marriott (1 for 27) enjoying any success with the ball.
Rutland replied with a miserable 65 for 8 to exit the group which was won by Denby.
l Rutland’s 2nd XI had no fixture as Breadsall’s ground was given over to Jubilee celebrations and they will be missing out again this Saturday as Ilkeston’s Carnival comes to the Rec.
lThe 3rd XI suffered a four wicket defeat at Gallows to West Hallam’s 3rd XI. Having been put in to bat, Rutland’s top order lacked solidity and relied heavily on Joe Bird (43) to post a competitive total. With West Hallam chasing 170 for the win, a five-wicket haul by spinner Bryan Smith kept Rutland’s hopes alive, but several dropped catches allowed the visitors to scrape home with two overs to spare.
lRutland’s U15s beat Breadsall by 31 runs at the Rec. The home side made 100 -7 with Matt Parry (29) and Billy Padgett (37) sharing a 67-run stand for the third wicket. Breadsall struggled against the spin of George Brandrick and Jake Pearce, the latter finishing with 3 for 7 as Ilkeston sealed victory.