Patel powers Ilkeston Rutland to commanding victory

Akhil Patel, whose knock of 82 fired Ilkeston Rutland towards an impressive total in their win over Quarndon.
Akhil Patel, whose knock of 82 fired Ilkeston Rutland towards an impressive total in their win over Quarndon.

A formidable total, which revolved around a terrific knock from Akhil Patel, fired Ilkeston Rutland to a commanding 116-run victory over Quarndon in the First Division of the Derbyshire County League.

Patel, younger brother of England and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel, struck 82 as Rutland amassed 280-6 from their allotted 44 overs after electing to bat first.

He shared stands of 40 with opener David Smit (39) and then of 91 with Matt Tatler, who weighed in with a useful 30.

Patel was fifth man out on 213, but there was still time for another valuable partnership, this time worth 60 between Scott Law (33no) and Rob Green (25no), to round off the innings, which was also boosted by a surfeit of 42 extras, including 20 wides.

It was then the turn of Green to shine with the ball as bottom-of-the-table Quardon got off to a disastrous start in reply, slumping to 33-5.

Green finished with figures of 6-64 from 17 overs, and Rutland were only held up in their victory charge by the home side’s wicketkeeper William Richardson, who went in at number eight and cracked a defiant 68.

Richardson was eventually the last man to fall, in the 35th over when he was bowled by Rhys French, who was one of four other visiting bowlers to pick up wickets. The others were James Lockhart, Sam Moulds and that man Patel.

The win left newly-promoted Rutland a healthy fourth in the table, albeit 29 points off third place and 37 points behind second spot.