SANDIACRE Town produced another outstanding bowling display to see off Alvaston & Boulton on Saturday and maintain their one point lead at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League.
The visitors, sat comfortably in mid-table, had no answer to the leaders’ pace and power, with Dan Wheeldon and John Jordison in particular showing no mercy.
Alvaston batted first but it wasn’t long before they were in trouble, with Chris McIlroy finding the hands of Matt Gouldstone off the bowling of Ryan McFadyean with the score on 14.
Then 21-1 quickly became 27-5, as Wheeldon produced a trio of dismissals to see off Waseem Mohammed (1) and both Hassan Adnan and Shahbaz Hussain for ducks in a devastating blitz.
David Tittershill lasted two balls before McFadyean saw him off lbw for just one, before Wheeldon took over again and removed Andrew Gray (11) lbw.
Opener Steve Stubbings, so often a danger to any side he faces, had found his way resolutely to 24 while all fell around him but that was as far as he would get as Wheeldon completed his five-for by seeing off the ex-Derbyshire man lbw.
All that was left was for John Jordison to mop up the tail, as Adam Wheatcroft (15), Chris Stevenson and Steve Ottewell were all out with the score on 74, Jordison ending with figures of 3 for 5, Wheeldon 5 for 32 and McFadyean 2 for 33.
Achieving the target of 75 was never in doubt for Sandiacre, though they were to fall just six runs short of doing it without losing a wicket.
James Chapman and John Trueman saw them to 69 before the latter was out lbw to Ottewell, who repeated the trick shortly afterwards to see off Curtley Read.
But Chapman reached his half-century to see Sandiacre home in just 15 overs and keep up their fascinating battle with Ockbrook & Borrowash at the summit.
THE second XI couldn’t match the firsts as they fell to a seven-wicket defeat at South Wingfield.
Sandiacre batted first and had opener Praveen Chandran in excellent form as he reached 85 before being the sixth wicket to fall.
Those around him were unable to match that effort though, Danny Green the next highest scorer with 24 as Sandiacre were eventually all out for 192.
Richard Briggs was main tormentor with 4-54, while Adam Young took 3-25 and Mark Langford 3-56.
South Wingfield lost just three wickets in reply, Chris Dunn the main man on 88 not out as they secured victory in the 43rd over, Neil Smith and James Taylor the only bowlers to find success, Taylor also running out Andrew Lowe.
CHRIS Attwood hit a stunning unbeaten century for the third XI at Alfreton but his side had to be content with a winning draw.
Their total of 206-5 looked like it would be enough, Paul Chambers also batting well for 56.
But Alfreton stood firm and despite two wickets each for Paul Standring and James Dean, the hosts ended their 46 overs on 126-6 to claim a share of the points.