Rocky Rutland pay the price for disastrous start

David Smit, who tried hard to inject life into the Ilkeston Rutland innings. (PHOTO BY: Brian Eyre).
David Smit, who tried hard to inject life into the Ilkeston Rutland innings. (PHOTO BY: Brian Eyre).

A disastrous start paved the way for a heavy six-wicket defeat that damaged the promotion hopes of Ilkeston Rutland in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.

Travelling to mid-table Stainsby Hall, Rutland lost four of their first five batsmen cheaply, including two for ducks, after being put in.

Opener David Smit, who hit 37, and number six Rhys French, who made 35, tried hard to mount a recovery, but the Ilkeston side ended up sliding to 131 all out inside 35 overs, despite further defiance from Damien Jones (17).

All four Stainsby bowlers picked up wickets, with Matt Smith taking 3-42 from ten overs, Mehmoon Tariq 2-18 from eight overs, Andrew Melia-Barlow 2-18 from 5.4 overs and Marius Conway-Jones 2-46 from 11 overs.

In reply, Rutland used six different bowlers in a bid to disrupt the hosts’ rhythm. But they simply did not have enough runs on the board to play with.

Instead, South African opener Arend De Waal Gagiano, who fired 55 (two sixes and eight fours), and number three Conway-Jones, who struck 42, including nine boundaries, eased Stainsby to victory halfway through the 23rd over.

This Saturday, Rutland aim to return to winning ways at bottom team Quarndon.