A bowler shortage made it an expensive weekend for Ilkeston Rutland 1st XI who leaked almost 600 runs as they suffered a league defeat to Quarndon and exited the Marston’s Cup at Alfreton.
It was not all gloom, however, as they reached the semi-final of the 20:20 Jackson Cup by beating Elvaston last Wednesday.
That victory was achieved despite a makeshift attack and owed much to a splendid unbeaten 66 from one of the injured bowlers, Rob Green, and some big hitting from Luke Marriott (23).
This set Elvaston a score of 147 to win and, despite some early setbacks to the seam of Chris Trueman, they looked on course as the destructive Naeem Akhtar attacked.
When he was well caught by Ken Seaman off the bowling of Michael Chambers (4 for 23), the impetus switched and Rutland clung on to win by nine runs.
On Saturday, Quarndon rattled up 294 for 4 from 50 overs with the top three all reaching half-centuries on a true batting strip.
Rutland began well with the second over of their innings costing Quarndon 24 runs and Green (opening the batting instead of the bowling) making a breezy 35.
While they coped with the pace, the batsmen struggled as soon as the spin of Raja Sohail Haider was introduced.
He ended with 6 for 33 as Rutland just failed to cling on for a losing draw, bowled out for 198 with Damien Jones unbeaten on 42.
There was another long afternoon in the field the next day as Alfreton made 299 for 7 with both Ryan Bramwell and Andy Gwatkin making centuries during a stand of 238 for the third wicket.
Rutland were not helped by being one fielder short for the majority of the innings after an unlikely outbreak of sun stroke.
Only a David Smit special could have turned this one around but the captain was losing partners at regular intervals and eventually holed out to long on having made 96. Rutland lost by 126 runs.
There was no league game for Rutland’s 2nd XI but they went out of the Bayley Cup on Sunday, losing by 80 runs to Derby Congs.
Chasing 207 to win, only Adam Slater (38) and Ken Seaman (33) made any inroads.
Rutland’s 3rd XI continue to challenge at the top of Division Nine North after a clinical eight wicket win against Nutbrook.
Once again the victory was set up by the tidy bowling of Grant Robertson (1 for 25) but Nutbrook still set a competitive 205 for 9.
Rutland’s chase was textbook stuff, anchored by club stalwart James Fearnside who batted from start to finish for 58 not out.
He was helped by Kyle Madison (58) and Aidan Smith (55 not out).
The win moves Rutland into third place.