It was a dismal weekend for Ilkeston Rutland Cricket Club.
The first XI and third XI, both hoping to build on their wins of the previous week, found their games were washed out; the second XI endured a double dose of defeat and the two junior sides which dominated last season fell at their first fence.
The 2nd XI hosted Heanor on Saturday but, batting first, found themselves losing wickets at regular intervals and unable to assert pressure on their opponents.
By the drinks break they had lost four wickets for 73, including the unfortunate run out of captain Ian Banks.
Chris Palfreyman and Matt Sisson helped the total past 100 but then Palfreyman’s innings of 36 ended to a freakishly good catch at point.
Richard Kelleher and Sisson then departed in quick succession and it was left to John Hunt (19 not out) and George Brandrick (17) to muster semi-respectability at 157 for 9.
Heanor soon knew they would have to bat well but both Banks and Matt Wakefield took early wickets and at 35 for 2 after 15 overs, Rutland were in the ascendancy.
In the form of Chris Trueman Snr they found a third steady seamer who took 3 for 39 from his 11 overs, and the combined efforts of Banks, Wakefield and Trueman – 39 overs for 103 runs and seven wickets, should have been enough to secure at least a winning draw but the remaining overs were poor.
Palfreyman bowled a succession of wides and the others were just clobbered, allowing Heanor to scrape home by three wickets with an over to go.
Sunday’s Bayley Cup exit to Breadsall bore many similarities.
Rutland lost Martin Brandrick LBW in the first over but David Robinson was in good touch, striking four boundaries as the scoreboard reached a canter for the first time this year.
Sadly, both he and Ian Banks fell to mis-timed drives, Palfreyman went in similar fashion and at 71 for 4 from 17 overs, recovery work was required.
Ross Slater fell tamely for 29 and it was left to George Brandrick (37 not out) and John Hunt (18) to end with the weekend’s biggest partnership of 41.
Defending 147 looked a real possibility as Banks and Trueman Snr delivered some accurate opening overs which saw Breadsall 8 for 1 from seven.
George Brandrick then bowled nine excellent overs of spin taking 3 for 22 including Walker whose 58 came from just 51 balls, but it wasn’t enough to stop Breadsall winning by three wickets with seven overs to spare.
The U15 season began with a home game against Sandiacre.
The visitors batted and enjoyed early success as George Gould (36) launched into the Rutland attack.
But good catching and decent bowling combined to peg them back. Gould was caught and bowled by Kai Grant and Jakob Hill held three off the bowling of Tom Lowe who ended with the excellent figures of 4 for 3.
Chasing 80 should have been within Rutland’s range but they lost Hill early on and then Brandrick was caught for 14. The remainder collapsed and last season’s champions were all out for 49.
A horribly depleted U17s side went to Nutbrook.
They were almost saved by the rain but unfortunately the downpour that interrupted proceedings after 10 overs was not judged sufficient to call the game off.
The home side took advantage posting 99 for 3 from a re-arranged 15 overs with Harry Cooke making 42, before restricting Rutland to 50 for 8.