Sandiacre crowned Derbyshire champions

Sandiacre's players are pictured celebrating  a wicket during the match at Spondon on Sunday which sealed their championship success. Photo/Derby Telegraph
Sandiacre's players are pictured celebrating a wicket during the match at Spondon on Sunday which sealed their championship success. Photo/Derby Telegraph

Sandiacre Town secured their first Derbyshire Premier League title since 2004 as they ended the season in style last weekend.

A rampant win over Lullington Park on Saturday was followed by a winning draw at Spondon on Sunday which was enough to see off the challenge of Swarkestone and bring the title back to Longmoor Lane.

Saturday’s victory was achieved with the minimum of fuss.

The writing was on the wall for Lullington Park as early as the fourth over with James Doherty dispatched back to the pavilion by Dan Wheeldon (4-20) with only three runs on the board.

Andy Goodwin and Tom Caron both reached double figures but progress was painfully slow with Wheeldon and Ryan McFadyean giving little away.

The pressure told in the 13th over, Caron’s 46-ball vigil ended by McFadyean and in no time at all Lullington had slumped to 42 for 5.

It got no better for Park, despite a defiant 24 from Richard Green, with John Jordison (3-21) enjoying a miserly spell of bowling and the visitors could muster only a disappointing 97 from 39.3 overs.

After the break Sandiacre openers James Chapman (47*) and Charlie Ault (42*) were quickly out of the blocks and the Lullington attack never got a look in.

Chapman (a six and nine fours) and Ault (a six and seven fours) were never seriously threatened and they swept their side to a ten wicket win in just 16.3 overs.

With Swarkestone also winning on Saturday it all came down to the clash with Spondon on Sunday.

And the visitors looked well in control from the off, a 75-run opening stand between Chapman and Ault ending when the latter became the first of Chris Windmill’s six wickets for 31.

That ruined the momentum and the next seven wickets fell for just 78 runs, Windmill the main tormentor, but Jordison came in a number eight and hit four fours and two sixes to make his way to an unbeaten 39 and ensure Sandiacre were all out for 231 - McFadyean’s 24 also useful low down the order.

Spondon never looked likely to overhaul that total but did enough to earn a losing draw.

Jono Clare took 3-55 and at one point the hosts were 121-9, but Sam Kellogg’s 59 not out frustrated Sandiacre and Spondon ended their 50 overs 163-9.

But it mattered not, as the 19 points gained was still enough to seal top spot despite another Swarkestone win, and celebrations ensued at the end of a triumphant season.