Cricket report and video: Ilkeston snatch draw from the jaws of defeat at home
Ilkeston Rutland snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat on Saturday in their Division One match with Dunstall in the Derbyshire County Cricket League.
Nine wickets down and staring at defeat, number 11 Thomas Lockhart faced - and survived - 31 deliveries, hitting four runs, to ensure his side avoided a loss.
Having won the toss and electing to field first, Ilkeston found the going tough as Dunstall’s openers put on a hundred partnership for the first wicket.
Luke Harvey made 60 while James Benstead carried his bat for an unbeaten 108 to help guide his team to posting a total of 223-6 from their allotted 50 overs.
Sam Moulds took 2-39 from seven overs and Lockhart 2-40 from eight overs, while Jordan Crowder and Akhil Patel took a wicket each.
Ilkeston’s reply got off to the worst possible start as Rhys French went off his first ball faced, leaving the score 0-1.
David Smit and Akhil Patel got the innings going with 19 and 25 respectively, Matt Tatler hit 21, Scott Law 26 and James Lockhart 18.
There was still a chance of getting the required runs, however slim, but with the priority set on survival skipper Moulds and Thomas Lockhart dropped anchor.
The number 11 faced 31 balls from the Dunstall attack, at the cost of four runs, but frustrated the visitors to Rutland Sports Park.
They both survived until the close, meaning a hard-earned nine points for the hosts and 17 points for Dunstall, who would have been hoping for more.
The pick of the bowling attack for Dunstall was Shahid Khan, 3-25 from 14 overs including five maidens, and Nick Potts with 3-59 from nine overs.
Ilkeston are away on Saturday against an out of sorts Langley Mill United side looking to stop the sequence of three straight defeats (12.30pm start).