Rain costs Rutland chance of much play

After the unseasonally sunny and dry start to the cricket season, normal service was restored at the weekend with most games either washed out or abandoned.

For the players, it was back to the dressing rooms to monitor the end of the football season and eat as much tea as possible to justify the match tax.

Ilkeston Rutland’s 1st XI travelled to Stainsby Hall and the first interruption came after only two balls had been bowled.

Rutland, put in to bat by their hosts, then lost David Smit when play resumed only for further heavy showers to interrupt proceedings.

The game was finally abandoned with Rutland having crawled along to 65 for 2 from 27 overs with Michael Chambers unbeaten on 25.

This should have been the big weekend for Rutland’s struggling 2nd XI - a league and cup double with home advantage for both.

In the event, it will be best remembered for two sensational teas - courtesy of Sue Pilbeam, Margaret Smith and Catherine Parry.

The 2nds assembled their best team of the season for the clash with Swanwick Hall but after David Robinson had blocked out a maiden, the rains came down and no more play was possible.

The following day, they took on Alrewas of Division Three in a Bailey Cup match but this too was abandoned.

Put in to bat, Rutland enjoyed a decent start thanks to a 45-run stand for the second wicket between Danny Shelton (27) and Adam Slater (18).

Shelton, who had just found his timing with two lofted drives down the ground, was caught at slip off Sam van Daesdonk, whose left arm spin used to trouble Premier League batsmen.

A collapse followed and of the middle order only Ken Seaman (34) reached double figures.

James Fearnside and Bryan Smith were busy digging in and their tenth wicket partnership was worth 22 when the game was called off with Rutland 135 for 9 from 38 overs.

The game will now be replayed on Sunday.

The 3rd XI were the only side to complete their weekend fixture, coming away from Holmewood with a losing draw after some promising performances from the club’s junior players.

Put in to bat, Holmewood scored 157 for 8 from 36 overs with two wickets each for Kyle Madison and Tom Bobeszko.

The best figures, however, were returned by under-14 player, Sam Purdy whose swing bowling brought him 3 for 39.

Rutland reached 102 for 6 in reply with Lee Bradley continuing his run of form with 25 and another under-14 cricketer, Matt Parry, top scoring with an unbeaten 26.

This capped a good week for Parry who hit a half-century for the club’s Under 15s in their 65-run defeat at Sawley.