A quality display at the Queen’s Park county ground outclassed Chesterfield in all departments and stepped up Sandiacre Town’s challenge for the Derbyshire County League, Premier Division title.
Sandiacre licked the relegation-threatened hosts by 145 runs to stay second in the table, 17 points behind leaders Swarkestone with five matches to play. starting with a home game against Denby this Saturday. They are due to entertain Swarkestone in the very last match of the season at Longmoor Lane on Saturday, September 17, which could yet be a title decider.
The only thing Dan Wheeldon’s team lost at Queen’s Park was the toss. In a game reminiscent of the encounter between the two sides earlier this term, Chesterfield put them into bat, only to be hit by a large total that proved beyond them.
This time round, Sandiacre’s total was an intimidating 284-9, made up of solid contributions all the way down the order and led by half-centuries from opener James Chapman (56, 11 fours) and Robert Cook (53, one six and five fours).
Chapman shared stands of 54 for the first wicket with Gareth Curtis (18, three fours) and 52 for the second with Dan Birch (29, five fours) before Cook later put on 55 for the fifth wicket with Jack Anderson. To top things off, Anderson (48, one six and four fours) added 57 for the sixth wicket with skipper Wheeldon, who weighed in with 34 (three sixes and two fours).
Chesterfield did rue the occasional missed chance, but of their bowlers, only Johny Marsden (3-45 in ten overs) threatened to halt the onslaught.
The home side’s reply began well in the hands of Nitish Kumar, who struck 37 (six fours) and lifted the score to 51-1. But it all went pear-shaped after that as they slumped to 139 all out against inspired 15-over spells by the deadly duo of Ryan McFadyean, who took 5-28, including the scalp of Kumar, and Wheeldon, who took 3-62 .
Matthew Newbold also claimed a wicket, and the last fell in the 47th over to Oliver Saffell to wrap up a 27-point haul for Sandiacre.