Stainsby Hall CC came within a whisker of earning their second league win of the season on Saturday in the Derbyshire County Cricket League Division One.
Most games in the leagues fell foul of the wet weather and Stainsby’s match at home to Ilkeston Rutland was the only one in that division to go ahead, albeit in a shortened form of 25 overs per side.
Stainsby Hall lost the toss and their visitors decided to bowl first in inevitably damp conditions following the large amount of rain that fell earlier in the day.
Stainsby went on to be dismissed for 128 from their 25 overs.
Andrew Malia-Barlow, batting at number four, was the top scorer for his side, making a crucial 32.
Opener Samuel Gauntley chipped in with 15, as did Alan Worth in the middle order, while skipper Matthew Smyth hit 14 not out off just 15 balls right at the end of the innings.
For Ilkeston Rutland, Sam Moulds returned the figures of 4-40 and Robert Green took 2-24, both of them bowling eight overs.
Stainsby Hall then produced a good bowling performance to heap the pressure on Ilkeston Rutland in their run chase.
Leading the way, with the excellent figures of 6-16 from eight overs, was Matthew Smyth.
Jacques Else also did well and took 2-27.
After the early loss of David Smit, Ilkeston Rutland’s Matthew Chambers scored a crucial 29 but a clatter of wickets taken by Smyth in the middle order meant that Rutland were never comfortable.
From 59-3, they were soon 80-7 as their task began to get harder and harder.
In the end, with just one wicket remaining, they managed to hang for the the draw at 103-9, to leave Stainsby Hall tantalisingly close to sealing a victory.