SANDIACRE Town defied the wet weather to keep their place at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League, albeit in a low scoring encounter at Dunstall on Saturday.
Their hosts sit in mid-table but had no answer to the quality of Sandiacre’s bowling attack, with stand-in skipper John Jordison and Neil Smith in particular showing some blistering form.
Dunstall took first knock after Jordison had won the toss and opted to put them into bat.
The first wicket wasn’t long in coming, James Benstead becoming Smith’s first victim when caught by Chesney Hughes for just one to leave Dunstall 9-1.
Fellow opener Tom Mandleburg went for 10 soon afterwards, Smith again the bowler with Jordison taking the catch.
Then 46-2 suddenly became 58-8, as Smith and Jordison ripped through the middle order, only Matt Benstead (top scorer with 19), Andy Malkin (11) and Kashif Raza (last man out for 12 offering any kind of resistance.
Dunstall were eventually all out for just 72 in 30.3 overs.
Jordison finished with outstanding figures of 5 for 9, with Smith also in great form to take 4 for 18.
Ryan McFadzean took a rare back seat in wicket-taking terms, with Stephen Brodrick his only victim late on.
The target looked more than achievable but Sandiacre still made hard work of it.
They lost six wickets in their pursuit, with Hughes (21), James Chapman (15) and David Jordison (18) the only batsmen to make much headway, as Craig Jennings and Raza both claimed three wickets each.
But the leaders held out and passed the target in just 21.2 overs to stay a point clear of Ockbrook at the summit.
BOTH the second and third XI’s matches fell victim to the weather against Duffield and Cromford Meadows respectively.