Sandiacre into last four of national cup

Rob Cook hit 80 and took two wickets as Sandiacre moved into the semi-finals of the National Club Championships on Sunday.
Rob Cook hit 80 and took two wickets as Sandiacre moved into the semi-finals of the National Club Championships on Sunday.
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Sandiacre Town enjoyed a hugely successful weekend with a convincing league win followed by progress into the semi-finals of the Royal London National Club competition .

On Saturday, Town were simply too strong for mid-table side Ticknall as they secured a win that keeps them in touch with leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash at the top of the table.

Sandiacre skipper Dan Wheeldon won the toss and put Ticknall into bat, a decision that would be vindicated in some style.

Ticknall never got going and were bowled out for 62 in just 28 overs.

The early wickets were shared out between Wheeldon, Ryan McFadyean (2) and Matt Newbold before Marius Conway-Jones arrived to rip through the lower order and take 4-14 to leave Denby all out.

The target proved little trouble for Sandiacre to reach and they did so inside 14 overs.

James Chapman hit five fours on his way to an unbeaten 26, and despite losing Mitch McCann for seven, Ollie Swann came in to assist Chapman and see Sandiacre over the line with nine wickets to spare.

On Sunday, Sandiacre played host to Liverpool-based side Northern CC in the quarter-finals of the National Club Championships.

Sandiacre won this tournament at Lord’s in 2003 with a dramatic last-ball victory over Bath and two players remain from that victorious day.

On this occasion they had batsman Rob Cook to thank as his excellent innings of 80 helped them on their way to a 24-run victory at Longmoor Lane.

This was after Sandiacre had got off to a very shaky start having been put into bat by the visitors.

Bowler Steve Cole was their early nemesis as he removed the top three batsman for just 16 runs, James Chapman and Andy Rhodes LBW and bowled respectively and Ollie Swann caught behind by James Cole.

But Cook and Curtley Read would come in to take control and they added 104 for the fourth wicket which would ultimately prove crucial.

Cook would partner the rest of the order through the innings, none of them adding any more than 12 runs each as Sandiacre ended up all out for 181.

The hosts then dished out some revenge for their own poor start by removing both Northern openers to leave them 6-2, but Davy Smith came in to hit 67 - important given none of his team-mates were able to make particularly telling contributions.

Sandiacre eventually bowled them out for 157 and secure a 24-run success, the wickets spread around with two each for McFadyean, John Jordison and Cook and the others going to Wheeldon and Conway-Jones with two run outs.

Sandiacre will now head to Lancashire to face Chorley CC in the semi-finals on Sunday, August 31.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the second XI scored 200-9 in their clash at home to Tutbury with Ben Ruhrmund and Dave Jordison’s 61 and 70 respectively proving key in a strong second wicket stand.

In what had become a timed game Tutbury made it to 192-9 in reply before the game was abandoned, Jay Harper in great form with the ball to claim 6-36.

The third XI were comfortably beaten at Ashover who scored 171-5 before bowling Sandiacre out for just 49 to win by 122 runs.