Ilkeston Rutland first XI’s alarming slump in form has seen them go from promotion chasing in May to relegation dodging in August.
On Saturday, their poor form continued when they were swept aside by a very ordinary Eckington attack led by a finger spinner who has just turned 13.
There was no hint of the carnage to come as David Smit and Luke Marriott took the score along to 45 for 1 in bright sunshine on a good batting wicket.
Marriott was then judged run-out as he attempted a second run. He can consider himself unlucky but his colleagues have no such excuses.
Two balls after the run out, Smit managed to glove an innocuous delivery from spinner Adam Leonard to the keeper and four further wickets fell in quick succession with three going to the youngster, Archie Gleadall, who is normally part of their 2nd XI. He finished with 4 for 39.
At 61 for 7 tea was looking like a post-match meal but Andrew Flindall, returning from injury, and James Fearnside showed how simple it could be putting on 48 with no alarm.
Flindall was then bowled for 56 which proved to be just over half of Rutland’s total of 111 all out.
In seven overs before tea, Eckington enjoyed huge slices of luck against the bowling of Rob Green but enjoyed their cuppa with half of their target reached and nine wickets intact.
They completed their win by six wickets but not before the club’s elder statesman Alan Green, back in the first XI after five years of absence, took 2 for 33.
l Rutland’s 2nd XI are looking less and less like candidates for the drop after battling to a losing draw against Swanwick Hall.
They appeared set to make it three wins in a row after Chris Trueman Jnr (3 for 48) struck twice in his first over.
Swanwick recovered slowly through Nick Edson (34) and Luke Pressland (59) but after 36 overs had only reached 101 for 3.
A very mediocre score was transformed into a challenging one by some late hitting with 97 runs coming from the last ten overs with Oliver Green hitting 53 from 33 balls and Thomas Coxhead 35 from 23.
Rutland lost early wickets in reply and after the departure of captain Ian Banks for 27 they set about not losing the game.
This they did comfortably, ending on 127 for 5 with Adam Slater unbeaten on 24 from 83 balls.
l The marriage of 2nd XI all-rounder Chris Palfreyman cost the club a few regulars and a weakened 3rd XI sank to defeat against Clowne Town at Gallows.
Batting first they were all out for 109 with Jeff Dunbar top scoring with 23.
There were two wickets for Lewis Jones in Clowne’s reply but the visitors got home by six wickets.
l Ilkeston Rutland’s Recreation Ground will host a cup final this weekend.
Melbourne Town’s first XI and Langley Mill United’s seconds will contest the Wright Cup Final on Sunday (19th) with the match starting at 12.30pm.