Royce rolled over by Ilkeston Rutland

Ilkeston Rutland bowler John Trueman dives to take a catch off his own delivery against Rolls Royce on Saturday.
Ilkeston Rutland bowler John Trueman dives to take a catch off his own delivery against Rolls Royce on Saturday.

Ilkeston Rutland 1st XI secured a comfortable six wicket win on Saturday against Division One’s bottom side Rolls Royce.

The visitors were swept aside for just 102 after being put into bat on a damp wicket and failing to acclimatise to the testing conditions.

Inadequate batting scores have blighted Rolls Royce’s season.

If their name suggests precision and reliability, their cricket is quite the opposite.

While they may have plundered 270 in the cup at Elvaston last week, this was the fifth time this year they had been bowled out for under 110.

Sam Moulds, returning from injury, opened the door for Rutland.

After struggling initially to find his compass, he took two wickets in his third over and another in his fourth.

Briefly Rolls Royce threatened a fight back but spinner Danny Bobeszko broke the fifth wicket stand when he removed last week’s centurion Mehmoon Tariq and then clean bowled skipper Sahid Shafiq.

Rolls Royce had no answer either to John Trueman whose ten overs cost just 11 runs and included two wickets.

Rutland lost four wickets in their chase but a patient 21 from Michael Chambers and an unbeaten 40 from David Smit saw them ease home.

The result leaves them seventh in Division One and needing to string some wins together to challenge in the latter half of the season.

Rutland’s second XI continue to fall short in Division Four North.

This week the saying ‘catches win matches’ will resonate for while Breadsall held all of theirs - some of them stunners - Rutland dropped three very easy ones.

The second XI had been put in on a wicket with very variable bounce and soon found themselves in deep trouble at 55 for 7.

Only Ross Slater (34), David Robinson (15) and Lewis Jones (16) reached double digits as Breadsall extracted a high price for anyone hitting the ball in the air.

Defending just 100, Rutland needed everything to go their way but they were soon giving the Breadsall batsmen second chances.

Still the home side struggled and Richard Siddons (3 for 31) and Lewis Jones (3 for 17) prevented a total rout, Rutland going down by four wickets.

It was a mixed and part-time weekend for the third XI.

On Saturday they bowled Sawley out for just 40 in under 20 overs with Grant Robertson picking up 6 for 10 and Luke White 3 for 11 in an eight wicket win.

It was role reversal the next day in the second round of the Harry Lund Cup - Rutland bowled out for only 47 by Codnor who knocked them off without loss in just 43 deliveries.

For a photo slideshow from Ilkeston Rutland’s first XI game with Rolls Royce, see www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk.