IRCC juniors get season underway

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The junior cricket season is now fully underway at Ilkeston Rutland CC.

The first game saw the Under 15s thrash Long Eaton in a very one-sided encounter.

Rutland made 159 without loss from 20 overs with George Brandrick (53), a maiden 50 for Jakob Hill and Adam Slater crashing 35 off 16 balls. Long Eaton reached 83 for 5.

There were disappointing results for the Under 14 and Under 13 sides.

The Under 14s were knocked out of the Collard Dawn Cup by Sandiacre after managing to score just 80 for 9 from 20 overs with Matthew Parry top scoring with 27.

Missed catches helped Sandiacre make light work of the chase, winning by ten wickets with George Gould (44) and Ian Murfin (29).

The Under 13s lost to Sawley by 33 runs at West Park.

There were encouraging signs in the field from Rutland who restricted Sawley to 85 for 6 from 20 overs with Tom Lowe and Kai Grant each picking up two wickets.

Their batting, however, looked fragile. After Parry perished for 23 they folded to 52 all out.

The most exciting game of the week came on Monday night when the U17s started their season at home to Sawley.

A patient 50 from Aidan Smith enabled Rutland to post 94 for 6 from 20 overs. Sawley seemed to be cruising to victory when 14-year-old Billy Padgett bowled out the dangerous Kieran Hopkins and Danny Brown in successive overs.

Accurate bowling and energetic fielding then saw the required run-rate rise from three to eight per over with Tom Bobeszko conceding just six runs from his four overs.

Cory Kennedy and Alex Watson held their nerve at the death to seal a memorable team win by 11 runs.

Morton batted sensibly to reach their target but not before new recruit Kyle Ryan had showed his potential with two wickets.