Codnor CC 2nds travelled to Ilkeston Rutland 3rds on Saturday, on another hot and and sunny day.
Skipper Mills won the toss and chose to bat, partly out of confidence in his batsmen and partly due to the pleading of the team who weren’t relishing fielding in the early afternoon sunshine!
Woolley and Lavender opened up against the youthful opening pair of Purdy and Lowe, who kept things tight. The odd chance to square cut was given and taken but apart from that the openers provided their usual steady start.
A double change of bowling brought immediate success for the home team as Lavender was bowled.
This brought the promoted pinch hitting of Buxton but he and Palfreyman soon followed, to the extremely nippy bowling of Smith.
This brought to the crease Adam Soar and he was soon into his stride. He was particularly harsh on Hallam and Dunbar as he smashed his way to a half century. Frequent calls from the Codnor massive of ‘pick em out’ didn’t seem to have any effect as ball after ball disappeared but he was finally out for 55.
Woolley was still going well but was eventually out for 40. The rest of the Codnor tail wagged and made it into the last over before being all out for 181.
Ilkeston Rutland opener Smith was soon into his stride, showing why he has played at such a high level, by taking Mills for 14 off one over. He was given a life off Arnold and that was looking crucial as it appeared he would win it on his own before Codnor’s bowling MVP Buxton demolished his stumps for a rapid 34.
Buxton was joined in the bowling by Soar and he was making the ball talk as he and Buxton slowly worked through the order. Soar was really causing the batsmen trouble and with Clark at the other end getting his maiden league wicket of the year he soon wrapped up a comfortable win for Codnor when he took the final wicket of Purdy. Buxton ended up with 3–14 and Soar 6-18.
A much needed 27 points put Codnor back in the promotion race. With a spare weekend to come, it will give the players a much needed rest before the final stage of what is shaping up to be a close promotion race.