Sandiacre Town extended their lead in the Derbyshire Premier League to 51 points with a comfortable seven-wicket win at Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday.
Having won the toss, skipper Dan Wheeldon inserted the hosts into bat but openers Josh Clarke and Matt Cassar were in no mood to hang around as they shared 65 for the first wicket before Clarke was bowled by Ryan McFadyean for 36.
Cassar (24) soon followed, Rob Cook’s throw running him out, and Trevor Smith only lasted 17 balls before he too saw his wickets sent flying by McFadyean and Ockbrook were 76-3.
Sam Coote then became Wheeldon’s first victim to make it 91-4 but Jack Ratcliffe’s arrival sparked something of a revival as he hit 42, although Jacob Conners (4) and Corrie Keable (7) fell around him, Conners stumpted by Curtley Read off Cook’s bowling and John Trueman having Keable caught by Ollie Swann.
Ratcliffe eventually followed when he was bowled by Wheeldon with the scoree on 154-7, George Morgan hitting a useful 26 before being eighth out for 26.
Ockbrook managed to survive their 42 overs, their final tally 174-9.
Gareth Curtis and James Chapman have become renowned this season for their fine opening partnerships and they produced another on this occasion.
They put together 154 runs before Chapman was out for 53, bowled by Lian Wharton, Curtis following soon afterwards for 80 off Morgan’s bowling.
Swann fell cheaply with no further runs scored but Marius Conway-Jones and Cook saw the visitors home in the 30th over and the points belonged to the runaway league leaders.
Sandiacre second XI had a bad weekend as they were beaten in both league and cup matches.
On Saturday they were at home to Rolls Royce Leisure but fell to a comprehensive 134 run defeat.
Rolls were asked to bat first but after losing both openers cheaply, Omar Yussean (85) and Vipul Jeurkar (87) took them to 131-3 before the later was out.
They eventually made their way to 241 all out, Jordan Standring taking 4-64 and Jordan Halford 3-43.
Sandiacre never looked likely to get near their target, skipper Bill Anderson hitting 40 but others all out cheaply as they were bowled out for 107 in just 25 overs.
On Sunday, the second XI hosted Elvaston in the second round of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy but fell to a five wicket defeat.
Anderson won the toss and chose to bat first for the hosts, George Domleo and Iain Murfin making 42 before the latter was out for 17.
David Jordison and Anderson soon followed, as did Domleo for 25 and Sandiacre were 90-4.
That was soon 115-7 as Ashley Brown, Daniel Green and Neil MacMamee all fell cheaply, and although Jack Anderson’s half century steadied the ship the second XI were all out for 174 in the 44th over.
Elvaston lost wickets early on but opener Nick Briars stood firm and his unbeaten 91 proved crucial as they passed their target with 33 overs bowled, Jordan Standring’s three wickets not enough for the hosts.
The third XI visited Belper Amateurs on Saturday who won the toss and elected to bat.
That proved a good decision as openers Billy Deeming (28) and Chris Maleham (39) scored well but it was Oliver Deeming who stole the sho with a fine century before being out for 103 off the bowling of Freddie Peake, Peter Trembling taking the first of two catches.
Belper eventually closed their 46 overs on 242-5, Peake and Paul Standring taking two wickets each and Trembling the other.
Sandiacre’s reply never looked like it would threaten the target with Tom Rigby’s 32 not out the best they could offer although Richard Burne (20) and Josh Standring (28) also played their part.
They were all out for 138 with five overs to spare and Belper had the victory.