Another spectacular batting collapse plunged Ilkeston Rutland back into the relegation zone after a heavy defeat at tabletopping Duffield in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.
At 44-1, Rutland seemed to be progressing nicely after being put into bat, with Rob Green on 21 (three fours), following up an earlier 21 (one six and three fours) from fellow opener David Smit. But they slid miserably to 74 all out, with most of the damage done by the gentlest of medium-pacers, Richard Jordan, who bagged career-best figures of 6-38 in 13 overs.
Jordan might play most of his cricket for Duffield 2nd, but he can drop it on a good length and took full advantage of sharing new-ball duties with the sharper Joe Woznicka-Wells. Both fell into a good rhythm and after Smit had been pinned down and eventually removed by Woznicka-Wells (1-22 in ten overs), Green was caught off Jordan. Captain Luke Marriott struggled for a painful seven overs to get off the mark and when he was third man out on 58, it triggered a procession of wickets. Jordan’s six came inside six overs and three were also claimed inside 21 deliveries by David Whiteley (3-14) as Rutland folded as early as the 27th over.
When Duffield replied, the speedy Green soon realised how much he would enjoy bowling on the surface as a bouncer hit opener Whiteley on the glove before deflecting on to his helmet and into the hands of gully. He then worked over Paul Bakel with a succession of short balls before pitching one up and trapping his man lbw. However, with so few runs to defend, it was all in vain. Green finished with 2-28 from ten overs and Adam Slater picked up a third scalp in his first over, but Duffield opener Dan Clarke saw his side home by seven wickets with an unbeaten 30.
A WIN at Rosehill Meths on Saturday, followed by a winning draw against Etwall on Sunday, further boosted the revival of relegation-threatened Ilkeston Rutland 2nd in Division Six South.