Sandiacre end the season in fifth

Jack Anderson adds runs to the board as Sandiacre Town second XI beat Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.

Jack Anderson adds runs to the board as Sandiacre Town second XI beat Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.

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A good points haul from the final weekend of the season saw Sandiacre Town end their season as reigning champions in fifth place in the league.

The weekend began with a three wicket victory away at Spondon on Saturday.

Spondon batted first but lost Ben Ashdown to the opening ball of the innings, wicket keeper Curtley Read taking the first of four catches and in turn helping Dan Wheeldon to his first of four wickets.

The home side then struggled to 45-5, Wheeldon and Ryan McFadyean with the wickets, but Tom Cosford’s 57 helped Spondon put some more respectability to their total.

That was also helped by Chris Windmill’s 32 low down the order, Spondon eventually all out for 175, John Jordison taking 3-29.

Sandiacre lost two early wickets in reply but opener James Chapman was to be the star of the show as he carried his bat to hit a fine century, ending 102 not out as the visitors won by three wickets - Read being the next highest scorer with 16 and showing how crucial Chapman’s innings was.

On Sunday, Sandiacre hosted Ticknall but had to make do with 17 points from a winning draw.

Sandiacre made 283-9 from their 50 overs, Andy Rhodes with 92, Read 72 and Wheeldon 51.

Ticknall held on for the lost of just six wickets to end on 235-6 and claim a share of the spoils as they ended the season in second spot, a huge 117 points behind runaway champions Swarkestone.

Eckington and Matlock were relegated from the Premier League to be replaced next season by Marehay and Alfreton.

Sandiacre’s second XI finished fourth from bottom in Division Two after ending their season with two victories.

On Saturday they beat Wirksworth & Middleton by 56 runs and helped condemn their opponents to relegation in the process.

Town notched 199-7 from their 46 overs, Jack Anderson top scoring with 40.

Kev Newbold then weighed in with five wickets as the visitors were all out for 143.

The following day, hosts Aston-on-Trent were beaten by 59 runs.

Batting first, Sandiacre were all out for 159, Gareth Goodall’s unbeaten 40 the highlight.

The reply saw Aston all out for just 100 with Anthony Taylor taking 5 for 46 to help the visitors to victory.

The third XI secured safety from relegation in Division Five North as they beat Selston by 77 runs in their only game of the weekend on Sunday at Breaston.

The home side made 205 as they batted first, Chris Attwood’s 65 the top score in their innings.

They then proceeded to dismiss Selston for just 128 runs with Matthew Pavis (5 for 41) and Josh Standring (4 for 35) doing most of the damage.