Sandiacre beat their title rivals

Chesney Hughes batted and bowled well to help Sandiacre to a crucial win over Swarkestone on Saturday at Longmoor Lane.
Chesney Hughes batted and bowled well to help Sandiacre to a crucial win over Swarkestone on Saturday at Longmoor Lane.
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Sandiacre Town went 18 points clear at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League on Saturday as they overcame title rivals Swarkestone at Longmoor Lane.

It was a crucial win for the hosts who had lost their leadership of the division the previous week, and with just six games left to play could prove a major turning point in the destiny of the title.

Sandiacre won the toss and opted to field, but the visitors made their way to 62 without loss before the first breakthrough came when Luke Thomas found Ollie Uffindall off the bowling of John Jordison.

Jordison struck again shortly afterwards to see off Luke Lacey LBW, and while Tom Hamilton batted well to reach his 50 it was Jordison having the key impact, another LBW dismissing Alex Hughes.

And Swarkestone’s innings then fell apart. Dan Wheeldon saw off Hamilton for 52 before Chesney Hughes burst on the scene with four wickets for 11 runs, as he and Wheeldon mopped up the tail and Swarkestone were all out for 161.

The target proved little trouble for Sandiacre, Charlie Ault in particular responding well with 62 and Hughes unbeaten on 30 as the home side romped to an eight-wicket win with just two wickets down and put themselves in pole position at the top of the league.