Royce rolled over for first league win

Ilkeston seconds bowler Darren Cundy in action against Clowne Town
Ilkeston seconds bowler Darren Cundy in action against Clowne Town
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Ilkeston Rutland’s first XI hauled themselves off the foot of the Premier League table with a comprehensive win by nine wickets against Rolls Royce.

It was the seamers who set up the win after Rutland had invited their hosts to bat and then steam-rollered them for a paltry 112 in just 30 overs.

Rob Green with 4 for 63, James Lockhart with 3 for 29 and Ian Banks with 3 for 16 all struck with regularity and at no stage were newly-promoted Rolls Royce allowed to settle.

The first four wickets fell inside ten overs. Lockhart clean-bowled opener Rahib Ali for a duck and then repeated the trick to remove the number three Nawaz Haq.

Green was not to be outdone, hitting the stumps of the other opener Sahd Shafiq and then having Srikanth Venkatappa LBW.

Rolls Royce take their name from the firm whose lovely ground they rent and their star player Naeem Akhtar tried his best to give them a turbo charge.

He hit Green for five boundaries but the Rutland skipper had the last laugh when Akhtar edged to keeper Alex Park for 26.

Green bowled his 15 overs straight through with Lockhart and the economical Banks sharing the remainder of the overs.

A target of 113 proved very straight-forward for the in-form David Smit.

He developed a particular taste for the pacy Shehazada Khan, who is on Derbyshire’s books, hitting the youngster’s first ball of the innings for four and adding a further five boundaries and a six off his bowling alone.

Although Rutland lost opener Park in the second over, Martin Brandrick came in at number three and while he hit four boundaries of his own in an unbeaten 22, his greater role was admiring Smit from the non-striker’s end.

Smit made 72 not out from just 73 balls taking his tally of runs of runs for the season to 270.

More importantly, it secured Rutland a 22-points win, left Rolls Royce without a point, and lifted the team to the giddy heights of ninth spot.

Second XI

There were plenty of runs at the Rec on Saturday as the 2nd XI took on Clowne Town on a belter of a wicket.

Clowne rattled up an imposing 284 for 8 in their 46 overs and for a while it did not look enough as Darren Cundy and Ken Seaman put together a stand of 104 in just 16 overs in the middle of Rutland’s reply.

Cundy made 97 from just 82 balls before he was caught on the long-on boundary to Clowne’s great relief.

Seaman soon followed him back to the pavilion for 52 and Rutland were left to accept 12 points for a losing draw, closing on 238 for 8.

Third XI

The 3rd XI had been the only adult side without a win before their trip to Clay Cross.

They fired their hosts out for just 76. Ainsley Hallam removed both openers before Dan Law wiped out the middle order with 5 for 44.

Rutland lost three quick wickets in their chase but Clay Cross could not remove the cool-headed teenager Jakob Hill. His unbeaten 34 saw Rutland to a comfortable seven-wicket win.

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