David Smit carried his bat for a magnificent unbeaten century, striking 132 for Ilkeston Rutland 1sts in their top-of-the-table clash at Langley Mill United.
But Ilkeston were unable to end the stubborn resistance of Langley Mill United’s last-wicket pair and had to settle for a winning draw in Derbyshire County League Division Two, despite Smit’s heroics with the bat.
That meant Ilkeston, who failed to win for the first time this season after four previous victories, were left one point Langley Mill at the top.
Smit was initially given good support by fellow opener Alex Jordan, who made 30, as Ilkeston totalled 248 for eight from their 46 overs.
After wickets tumbled at the other end, Smit found support from numers eight, nine and 10.
James Lockhart hit 19 and Thomas Lockhart 11 before captain Sam Moulds stayed with Smit, adding an unbeaten 13.
Jay Holmes claimed four for 60 from 14 overs for Langley Mill’s attack. Lance Humphrey and Simon Lacey took two wickets apiece.
The home side’s reply got off to a good start and they looked on course for a possible victory.
Openers Joshus Lacey, with 32, and George Brandrick, with 41, laid the foundation for an attack at the run-chase and number three Jamie Salmons struck 61.
Daniel Hanson added 23 in the middle-order, but wickets fell and Langley Mill hung on for a draw as they finished on 209 for nine.
Thomas Lockart claimed four for 69 from 14 overs and Moulds took four for 32 from six overs for Ilkeston.
In Division Five North, Ilkeston Rutland 2nds lost by six wickets to Langley Mill United after making 148 when batting first. R. Barnes top-scored with 34 for Ilkeston while A. Bacon took five for 34 for Langley Mill, whose winning reply was led by K. Wing (49) and D. Pheasanr (41 not out).
Ilkeston Rutland 4ths were denied a win in Division 9 North by Stanton by Dale’s dogged batting.
Opener Lee Chiswell struck 77 as Ilkeston reached 177 for five from their 40 overs. Joe Bird added 33 in the middle order and Muhammad Ali Amin was unbeaten on 32.
Robert Ellen led the Stanton wicket-taking with three wickets, but his side’s batsmen struggled for runs as they made 69 for six in reply. Captain David Powick was unbeaten on 17.