VIDEO: Smit’s century isn’t enough for Rutland win

Club stalwart David Smit hit a fine century for Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday as they hosted Quarndon but his side were left unable to secure an outright victory in the end.

With Quarndon skipper Jonny Acton having won the toss and elected to field, long-serving Smit proceeded to make him regret that decision.

David Smit on his way to 109 not out.

David Smit on his way to 109 not out.

Smit, alongside fellow opener Shaun Levy, tore into the Quarndon attack, hitting an unbeaten 109 to help his side to a total of 209-4 in a match that was reduced to 36 overs per side.

Levy hit 28 and Akhil Patel added 32 in other useful contributions, Charlie Storr taking two of the four wickets to fall with Steve Hanson and William Richardson the others.

Quarndon lost both of their openers, Acton and Ben Riggott cheaply to the bowling of James Lockhart and Tom Lockhart respectively, but Harry Clamp and Hanson would remain resolutely at the crease for much of the remainder of the innings as the visitors held firm to close on 136-3 and take a losing draw from the encounter.

Captain Sam Moulds took the only other wicket to fall, that of Hanson for 27.

Rutland top the table after two games in Division One.

The second XI’s trip to Stainsby Hall was cancelled due to an unfit playing surface.

This weekend sees the first XI travel to Clifton with a 12.30pm start while the second XI have a local derby at home to West Hallam White Rose.

The thirds will go to Butterley United and the fourth XI will play host to Derby Congregational.