VIDEO: Rutland crush Millers as bowlers star

Ilkeston romped to a comfortable ten wicket victory at Langley Mill United on Saturday.

The Millers easily capitulated to the opening bowling of Rob Green and James Lockhart, both bowling their full allocation of 15 overs and taking four wickets each.

Ilkeston batsmen Rob Green (left) and Rhys Finch run between the wickets. Photo by Anne Shelley.

Ilkeston batsmen Rob Green (left) and Rhys Finch run between the wickets. Photo by Anne Shelley.

In fairness to the Millers batsmen, the pitch had been left uncovered and the Thursday night downpour took more than a few groundsmen by surprise. Green and Lockhart, on the other hand, would like to have rolled the wicket up to take around with them every week.

The Millers, and crowd, were also left bemused by two umpiring decisions in one over that had a bearing on the match.

The first was when the Millers were 54 for 4 and showing signs of a recovery with Simon Lacey promoted to batting at four and steadying the ship.

Overseas Ruan Van der Walt was given out lbw despite the ball hitting him on the thigh and him having the bruise to prove it, and Lacey was then adjudged run out when clearly in and past the stumps before the bails were taken off from a direct throw.

The score of 54 for 4 became 54 for 6 and very soon the Millers were all out for a paltry 83.

Ilkeston came out and weren’t in the mood to hang around, a six by man of the match Green off the first ball showing their intentions and they plundered 42 off the first three overs, eventually reaching their target easily for no wickets.

Opener Rhys French reaching 50 with what proved to be the last ball of the match, Green ending not out on 32.