Rutland recovery is in vain after rain

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Ilkeston Rutland 1st XI took on Clifton at the Rec on Saturday looking to build on their first 27 pointer in over three years the week before.

They had the opportunity once the visitors had won the toss and invited them to bat first on a pitch softened by the wettest summer in memory.

Rutland, however, were soon losing wickets at regular intervals as they have done all season.

Michael Chambers was the first to go, snicking the gentle seam of Campbell Ogilvie to the keeper, and he was quickly followed by David Smit who was athletically caught in the covers by Gary Dunmore as he latched onto a long hop.

Luke Marriott was next to go attempting to flick a straight one through mid-wicket and being given LBW.

Once Damien Jones had offered Dunmore his second catch of the afternoon and Andy Flindall’s resistance was broken on 17, Rutland were 56 for 5 and staring down the barrell.

They were rescued by an accomplished innings from Matthew Wakefield who registered his first fifty of the summer.

His partnership with George Brandrick was broken when the latter was unluckily run out while backing up when the bowler touched a powerful drive from Wakefield onto the stumps.

He then put on 50 with Ross Slater (16) and he may have added a lot more to his score of 61 had a thunderstorm not broken over the ground in the 40th over with Rutland on 146 for 7.

It should never have meant the end of the match but, after an early tea, the players found that the covering sheet had proved to be a sieve and the wicket was under water.

The resulting abandonment leaves Rutland 32 points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go. A win over struggling Sawley on Saturday would see them safe.

l Rutland’s 2nd XI, who have spent most of the season languishing in the basement of Division 4 North, reached the top half of the table after less than an hour’s play at Morton Colliery.

In that time, Chris Trueman Jnr struck three times and the home side had been reduced to 27 for 4 when the rains came and the game was abandoned.

l The only game to be completed was at Gallows where the 3rd XI lost to lowly Ambergate by 65 runs.

Batting first, Ambergate reached 159 for 7 with creditable bowling from all of Rutland’s attack.

They should have been able to save the game after a 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Lee Bradley and Jeff Dunbar (40).

But they both departed in quick succession and no-one else scored a run.

Frustratingly for Rutland the last wicket fell just as the skies opened, depriving them the six extra points an abandonment would have given them.

l Ilkeston Rutland CC held its annual eight-a-side tournament at the Rec on Sunday.

The winners were Sam’s Sloggers, who, captained by Sam Moulds, won a bowl off against a team of juniors known as the Neanderthal Men after bad light meant the final could not be played.

The winners’ leading run scorer was George Brandrick.

There was consolation for the Neanderthal’s captain Adam Slater who won a £50 prize for hitting the most sixes in the semi-final.