Big weekend ahead for Sandiacre Town

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Sandiacre Town could enjoy a momentous weekend with two cup finals set to take place.

On Saturday, Town will take part in the Derbyshire Premier Cup Final against Ticknall at the home of Alvaston & Boulton CC.

Then, on Sunday, Sandiacre will travel to Bristol to face Surrey side Sunbury in the final of the National Club Championship, aiming to claim back a title they last won in 2003.

Details and photos from both games will be in next week’s Advertiser.

Meanwhile, Sandiacre ended their league campaign last weekend and as expected took runners-up spot behind champions Ockbrook & Borrowash who had beaten them just a week before and did enough on the final weekend to comfortably seal the title.

On Saturday they hosted Spondon at Longmoor Lane were put into bat by the visitors.

James Chapman and Mitch McCann made 24 before Chapman was first to fall, Ollie Swann following soon afterwards to leave Town 40-2.

Mitch McCann was run out for 17 but Curtley Read was settling in well and he ended up hitting a 65-ball half century before finally being caught and bowled by Spondon’s Chris Ashdown to be the sixth wicket to fall.

Andy Rhodes had fallen just before him having made a useful 43 - the first of five wickets for Chris Windmill as Sandiacre were eventually bowled out for 213, useful knocks of 12, 15, 14 not out and 17 from the lower order of Marius Conway-Jones, Dan Wheeldon, John Jordison and Ryan McFadyean proving worthwhile.

Spondon’s reply started badly with Ben Ashdown edging behind to Read off Wheeldon’s bowling for a duck, Josh Brear following also for a duck after being bowled by Ryan McFadyean.

After Nick Rigg departed in similar fashion Spondon were in trouble at 1603 but Adam Finlay and then Joe Ashdown knuckled down with innings of 62 and 57 respectively to keep their side in the hunt, the pair eventually out to Jordison and McFadyean (lbw).

At 102-7 things still looked bleak but Windmill and Tom Williams produced good knocks to eventually help Spondon reach their 50 overs with nine wickets down and deny Sandiacre victory.

Sunday then saw Sandiacre fall to only their fourth defeat of the season as they lost at Swarkestone by seven wickets.

With Wheeldon winning the toss and opting to bat, opener James Chapman was out first ball as he was bowled by Bruce Dilks.

A rare first team appearance from Matt Swann saw him also fall victim to Dilks after hitting six fours and a six in making 36, but Sandiacre never really got going despite Rhodes putting in another useful display at number six with 31.

They were eventually all out for 145 with Dilks taking 4-59.

Swarkestone had little trouble in reaching their target, doing so in only 17 overs.

Ryan McFadyean clean bowled all three of the wickets including opener Jake Needham with the score on 24, but Chris Durham and Garry Park hit 54 and 63 not out respectively to get within touching distance before Durham was out.

Tom Hamilton came in to help Park do the rest and the victory was complete - Sandiacre eventually finishing 54 points behind champions Ockbrook but with plenty to build on in 2015 as they attempt to reclaim the Derbyshire crown.