Dunstall destroyed by title-chasers

James Chapman adds more runs to the board on his way to 72 for Sandiacre on Saturday. (nila09-08-14eg sandiacre 1)
James Chapman adds more runs to the board on his way to 72 for Sandiacre on Saturday. (nila09-08-14eg sandiacre 1)

Sandiacre Town maintained their pursuit of league leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash with a comfortable win over Dunstall on Saturday.

The top two seem to be the only likely contenders for the Derbyshire Premier League title, with Ockbrook still to host Sandiacre on August 30.

Town captain Dan Wheeldon won the toss and elected to bat at Longmoor Lane, an opening stand of 36 between James Chapman and Mitch McCann ending with McCann departing for 17, caught by Sam Eaton off James Benstead’s bowling.

Chapman would prove a crucial contributor, eventually seventh man out for a sterling 72 while others fell regularly around him.

Indeed, from 85-2 Sandiacre became 144-6 until John Trueman came in at number eight and hit 44 to help his side to a total of 210-9 from their 50 overs - four players out for single figures.

Dunstall’s hopes of getting anywhere near their target suffered an early blow with opener Eaton out LBW to Wheeldon with just one run on the board.

Fellow opener Benstead offered the only real hope to the visitors and his 41 was more than double what any of his teammates would offer as Dunstall tried to bat out for a draw.

They ultimately failed in that endeavour, eventually bowled out for 122 in the 45th over with Wheeldon and John Jordison both taking four wickets each and Trueman the other as Sandiacre won by 88 runs.

The second XI lost at Rolls Royce having been bowled out for 141, Matt Shuttleworth top scoring with 47.

Rolls Royce passed the target with just five wickets down.

Sandiacre thirds fell to defeat against Darley Abbey having restricted their opponents to 185-6, Matt Pavis with three wickets.

They were then bowled out for just 132, opener John Murfin the biggest threat with 44.