Sandiacre drop from the top after defeat to rivals

two in two: Sandiacre second XI bowler Jono Clare bowls during his team's second win in a row against Ambergate on Saturday.
two in two: Sandiacre second XI bowler Jono Clare bowls during his team's second win in a row against Ambergate on Saturday.

Sandiacre Town slipped to their first league defeat of the season to local rivals Ockbrook and Borrowash - and with it went their position at the top of the table.

Having begun the day 17 points clear Sandiacre looked to drum home their advantage after winning the toss and, perhaps surprisingly given the overcast conditions and morning’s rain, opted to bat first.

Almost immediately it backfired. After a succession of wides Kev Dean found the edge of John Trueman’s bat and Sandiacre were 4-1.

It went from bad to worse when, on 14, Sandiacre lost two more wickets.

James Chapman has been short of runs over the past few weeks and despite a glorious cover drive from a rare loose delivery from Trev Smith, Kev Dean also found the edge of his bat with one that nipped away.

Chapman was then followed by Derbyshire’s Chesney Hughes as Smith got some reward for a good opening spell.

Naveed Qureshi seems to be finding his feet and it was up to him and the middle order to try and inch their side to a defendable total.

Qureshi was watchful and survived several loud appeals for LBW which seem to have become synonymous with playing against Dean.

Matt Gouldstone added 13 of the next 16 runs before he too nicked off giving Smith his second wicket and he had his third before too long.

David Jordison had played a couple of nice strokes, including a lovely clip of his pads over mid-wicket as Dean’s line strayed onto leg-stump. But his innings came to end when he tried to work a straight delivery into the leg-side and getting a leading to point where Jake Needham took the catch.

At 62-5 Ockbrook were in the ascendancy but Sandiacre fought back through Qureshi and skipper Rob Attwood.

With Dean (2-25) and Smith (3-37) tiring Ockbrook took to their change bowlers only to see Sandiacre take to them.

George Morgan has the ability to bowl jaffas but all too often bowls too short and both were evident in a seven over spell that yielded 29 runs.

At the other end Steve Attenborough fared no better – his three overs costing 21 – so Dean turned to his spinners.

Lian Wharton began well, bowling a tight line, while Needham seemed more innocuous, Attwood cutting the Derbyshire player for four on several occasions.

Just as the momentum started to drift Sandiacre’s way, with 200 plus looking on the cards, Ockbrook struck.

Looking to steal a quick single to backward point Qureshi was sent back by his skipper and a direct hit from Morgan had the Pakistani player on his way for 52.

From 129-6 it became a procession, with Sandiacre’s last four wickets falling with the addition of just 14 runs.

John Jordison and Dan Wheeldon were dismissed LBW by Needham either side of Wharton bowling Attwood for 33. And when Danny Green edged Wharton to slip, where Ian Darlington took an excellent one-handed catch, it was all over at 143 all out.

Sandiacre needed a tight start and a couple of early wickets, instead they gifted Ockbrook a head-start with numerous wides, a couple of which disappeared for four.

However, they did strike in the sixth over when Johnny Guthrie edged Wheeldon to first slip, John Trueman taking a fantastic catch low to his left.

Wheeldon soon had two, trapping Matt Lineker in front and it was 50-3 when the same bowler found the edge of Matt Cassar’s bat.

Johnny Owen and Needham nudged and nurdled their way along and as the scoreboard approached 100 began to break the shackles.

Owen crashed Hughes for two fours and a towering six off successive balls, while Needham took the attack to the returning Wheeldon, hitting him over mid-on for two and through the same area for four before his luck ran out and he found the safe hands of Ryan McFadyean at mid-on for 30 from 79 balls.

Darlington joined Owen and together they won the game, Darlington looking particularly at ease with several cover drives in his run-a-ball 19, while Owen finished unbeaten on 39 from 85 deliveries.

Second XI

The seconds made it two wins on the trot with a narrow win over Ambergate.

Some good bowling on a difficult track restricted Ambergate to 164-8 from their 46 overs.

Andy Marlow was the pick with 3-47, while there were two wickets apiece for Jono Clare and Kev Newbold, Wes Thomas top scoring with 40.

In reply, a second wicket stand of 87 between Tom Priestley and Ben Ruhrmund got Sandiacre on their way but when Priestley was out for 44 Sandaicre slipped from 87-2 to 140-8.

However, Ruhrmund was still there at the end and his unbeaten 79 saw the seconds home with just four balls to spare.

Third XI

There was disappointment for the third XI whose winning streak came to end with a losing draw against Condor.

Lee Colledge (70), Darron Brown (60) and John Woolley (44) helped Codnor to 200 all out, the off-spin of James Taylor (4-57) and seam of Paul Standring (3-46) doing their best to keep the scoring down.

Although Chris Attwood made 56 and Paul Chambers 37, Sandiacre were never really in the hunt.

Their innings closed on 142 for the loss of just five wickets as they settled for the draw.