Spondon tragedy means no match

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THERE was no cricket for Ilkeston Rutland’s 1st XI on Saturday, their game against Spondon being called off as a mark of respect to the popular Joe Kellogg who died suddenly last week from heart failure during a football training session.

Spondon’s opening bowler, Joe was 26-years-old and in his prime. His death came as a total shock.

He had played 192 times for Spondon 1st XI, representing them, along with his older brother Sam, since he was a teenager and his whole family was steeped in sport with his father being Spondon’s chairman and his older sister, Donna, a former Olympic badminton player.

As a cricketer he could have been called the ‘Scourge of Sandiacre’. His career best figures (8-24) came against them in a 2009 league game and last year he secured Spondon the Jackson Cup by taking 5-21 against Sandiacre in the final.

Rob Green, Rutland’s first XI captain, said: “I’ve played with and against Joe since I was a child. He always played cricket the right way – hard, but with a smile on his face.

“He’ll be missed as a cricketer but even more as a person. As a club our thoughts go out to his family at such a sad time.”

Spondon’s captain Joe Ashdown described Joe as, ‘the life and soul’ of their team and said that he, like the rest of the club, was struggling to come to terms with the shock.

Juniors

But cricket did re-start at Spondon on Monday night where, after a minute’s silence, the two top U17 teams in the area played a fittingly exhilarating game that Joe would no doubt have loved to witness.

Spondon, needing to crack Rutland’s unbeaten record, chose to bat. They got off to a flyer, reaching 32 in the third over when Nick Rigg was caught behind off Danny Shelton.

That brought Ben Gartside to the crease – a regular in Spondon’s 1st XI. Shelton almost had him caught behind for nought but the edge flew to the boundary and pandemonium followed.

He crashed four sixes and four more boundaries to reach his 50 from just 20 balls and retired with his team on 95 for 2 from eight overs.

Ryan Baker (27) and Tom Fearne-Wright (42) kept the scoreboard skipping along with a 69-run partnership and the home team closed on 187 for 8 with five of their wickets falling to run-outs.

Rutland came out with all guns blazing – they had no choice. Joe Bird managed to knock a plank out of Spondon’s pavilion fence with one huge six but he was caught next ball having made 26 from 15 deliveries.

The other batsmen tried hard to keep up with a run-rate that was rapidly in double figures but wickets fell regularly Rutland ended on 143 for 7. George Brandrick’s 34 was the top score.

An incredible 330 runs had been scored in one evening and the Spondon side, featuring Joe Kellogg’s younger sister Leah, had prevailed.

Rutland must now win their final game at the Rec on Monday night against Breadsall to guarantee at least a share of the league title.

Rutland’s U15s are still on course for the Erewash title. They cruised to their latest victory against Sawley, scoring 131 for 2 from their 20 overs with George Brandrick reaching a run-a-ball 50 and Jakob Hill making 31.

Sawley were soon in trouble and were all out for 88 with Brandrick the bowler claiming three wickets and young Tom Lowe helping to mop up the tail with 2 for 21.

Second XI

Rutland’s 2nd XI entertained Morton Colliery on Saturday in a battle at the wrong end of Division FourNorth.

Having been asked to bat, Rutland were given a breezy start by James Brandrick who was unlucky to be given LBW for 20.

At drinks, the home side were 91 for 3 and they capitalised in the second half of their innings with some energetic running between the wickets – brought on in part by an MCG-size boundary on one side of the Rec.

Ross Slater (73) and Ken Seaman (39 from 26 balls) shared an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 62 from the last seven overs to post 247.

The late acceleration proved critical. Morton, having been reduced to 1 for 2 by Chris Palfreyman’s second over, dug in and prospered on the slow pitch.

Pat Tideswell (75) and Martin Poiney (76) put on 140 for the third wicket and they might have scented victory were it not for the economy of Chris Trueman Jnr whose first spell of 10 overs featured five maidens.

In the end it was a winning draw and 16 points for Rutland as Morton ended on 225 for 6.

Third XI

Having been bowled out for only 45 last week, Rutland’s 3rd XI showed signs of significant improvement at Division Eight North high-fliers Wingerworth.

They had reached respectability at 95 for 2 with 14-year-old Jakob Hill hitting his maiden league 50. Unfortunately, his departure for 58 brought about a steady collapse and Rutland were all out for 140.

Their bowlers, however, made Wingerworth sweat a little. Danny Law took 3 for 29 from 13 overs but the home side got over the line with three wickets in hand.