Rutland take lion’s share of the points

Michael Chambers hit a fine innings of 75 as Ilkeston Rutland drew with Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.
Michael Chambers hit a fine innings of 75 as Ilkeston Rutland drew with Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.

Ilkeston Rutland’s first XI continued their good form in Division One with a comfortable winning draw at Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.

Put in to bat on West Park, Rutland lost the previous week’s top scorer John Trueman in the second over before a 102-run stand between David Smit and Michael Chambers got them firmly in control.

Chambers was in particularly fluent form and he had just reached his first half-century for Rutland when Smit was caught at slip for 48.

If Sawley had hoped for a middle order wobble, they were disappointed for in Damien Jones they met another batsman poised for a season’s best.

He added 54 with Chambers who was finally bowled for 75 and then upped the scoring rate in the latter stages.

By the time Jones departed for 65 from 73 balls, the score had reached the security of 236 for 7 and some late swinging from Chris Trueman took it to 255.

Taking ten wickets was always going to be a challenge on a mostly benign surface and despite an early breakthrough for Chambers and three wickets for Rob Green, Sawley managed to survive without ever threatening to win the game.

Their Australian, David Cameron, dug in for 53 and Gary Birley also held up Rutland’s progress with a dour 20.

The home side just managed to get within 100 of Rutland’s score and closed on 158 for 7 giving Rutland 18 points to their seven.

Rutland’s 2nd XI put Riddings in to bat at the Recreation Ground and surprised themselves with their best performance of the season in the field.

On a hard, bouncy wicket the visitors found themselves in trouble at 45 for 4 after Lewis Jones claimed three early wickets and by the 30 over mark a shock was in the making with Riddings 110 for 7.

They recovered. Mark Wharton-Howett held the tail together with 58 from 102 balls and they were only all out in the final over for 178 runs.

Rutland, who inexplicably had fielded only ten players, were soon reeling at 36 for 5 and only a 55-run stand between Jones (21) and Lee Bradley (39) spared embarrassment.

It ended, predictably, with defeat by 76 runs.

Rutland’s 3rd XI, meanwhile, were involved in a thriller at Mickleover.

They skittled their opponents for just 91 with under-14 bowler Sam Purdy taking 3 for 13 and captain Jeff Dunbar 4 for 27.

It looked like it would be a comfortable victory until, with seven runs still required, top scorer James Fearnside (23) became the sixth wicket to fall.

His departure brought about an immediate seizure. Not one further run was added and Mickleover won by six.