Rain left an indelible mark on Ilkeston Rutland’s season last week – deepening the difficulties of the first and second XIs and costing the U17s the chance of winning the Erewash League title.
It started going soggy on Saturday morning. The first XI found themselves facing a delayed start at Quarndon and the second XI cancelled their game at the Rec against Breadsall.
Desperately needing something out of the game, Rob Green won the toss and opted to bowl but managed a solitary maiden over before the rain returned.
In that time, wicket-keeper Alex Park was struck in the face by the fifth ball which rose alarmingly and, no doubt, reassured the captain that bowling first was a good move.
The covers were put in place for a further 30 minutes and the game was about to re-commence as a 42 over affair when....it rained again.
An early tea was taken at 3pm. Blue sky was now on the horizon and the whole of Derbyshire was about to enjoy a bright summer’s evening...except in Quarndon.
What the locals have done to deserve to be so singled out by the Gods is anyone’s guess, but a huge, black cloud appeared accompanied by the sort of swirling winds one read about in the Old Testament.
It didn’t last long but facing further inspections and delays the two captains decided to accept the abandonment and a mere five points each.
Every other Premier League match fitted in at least 50 overs and, on the other side of Derby, relegation rivals Rolls Royce managed to play 96.
The no result means Rutland remain 39 points from safety with a game in hand. That game will be played on Sunday when they take on Spondon on the Rec.
On Saturday they entertain title chasing Ockbrook.
Rutland’s 3rd XI kept their hopes of survival alive with a winning draw at Morton Colliery.
Having been put in to bat, they reached 207 for 8 from their 46 overs.
Youngsters Jakob Hill (23) and Adam Slater (66) ensured a decent start to the innings which was finished off in style by Grant Robertson who made an unbeaten 53 coming in at number eight.
In a classic all-rounder’s performance, Robertson then demolished Morton’s middle order with 5 for 32 and so nearly set up the team’s first maximum point victory of the season.
Slater with 2 for 32 thought he had claimed the last wicket in the penultimate over but his appeal for LBW was turned down and Morton closed on 164 for 9.
Rutland’s successful U17 side could have wrapped up the Erewash league if they had beaten Breadsall on the Rec on Monday night.
The weather, however, was not having it. Despite some brave attempts to play a match, it was abandoned after 6.4 overs with Rutland struggling in difficult conditions at 18 for 1.
That meant no points to either side, leaving Rutland to share the title with Spondon and Ockbrook who also had seven wins each.
The U15s stretched their lead at the top of the table with an easy win at Shipley Hall.
George Brandrick (40) and Adam Slater shared an 82-run partnership for the second wicket with Slater retiring on 50 from 30 balls.
Unusually, he was allowed back in as the rest of the side collapsed from 88 for 1 to 110 for 9 in the space of six overs.
Slater went on to reach 74, including three sixes, before missing a high full toss which bowled him in the 19th over.
Chasing 142 for victory, Shipley were all out for 53 with Billy Padgett the destroyer taking 4 for 15.
The Under 13s managed their second victory of the season when they beat a Spondon side by seven wickets on Sunday morning.
Spondon made 61 for 6 from their 20 overs, a target that proved difficult to defend once Rutland had received a flying start from the extras column.
Matthew Parry (20) and Ryan Woods (13) were the main contributors.
Local youngsters were to the fore as Erewash U15s bowled out Derbyshire Dales for just 50 at West Park on Sunday.
Rutland’s Adam Slater mopped up the tail with 4 for 17, after early damage had been inflicted by Sandiacre’s Jordan Standring 3 for 11 and Nutbrook’s Matt Noon with 2 for 10.
Noon’s club colleague Harry Cooke then hit an unbeaten 25 in a ten wicket win.