Sandiacre record an overdue victory

Jono Clare took 4-54 and played a big part in Sandiacre overcoming Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday.
Jono Clare took 4-54 and played a big part in Sandiacre overcoming Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday.

Sandiacre Town ended a run of four matches without a win by securing a comfortable eight wicket victory over Ockbrook & Borrowash at Longmoor Lane on Saturday.

The match began well enough for Ockbrook, despite losing the toss and being invited to bat first, Jake Needham (90) dominating the early exchanges as the visitors eased to 57 without loss by the 12th over.

Matt Cassar, however, was not having an easy time of it and his 28-ball single-figure knock was brought to an end by Ryan McFadyean.

But Ockbrook overcame the setback, Alistair Dixon (27) joining his skipper in a 16-over 68-run second wicket stand, and a sizable total seemed a certainty.

It was not to be, however. John Jordison got through Dixon’s defences with the reply on 127 and ten runs and five overs later Needham’s excellent knock had been ended by Jono Clare (4-54).

Jack Ratcliffe fell in the same over and suddenly the scoreboard was showing a far from healthy 135 for 4.

Trevor Smith and Corrie Keable attempted to stem the tide but they fell in consecutive overs, Keable to Dan Wheeldon (3-66) and Smith to Clare, and a promising position had become an unsatisfactory 158 for 6.

There was to be little improvement and the innings closed on 192 for 9 although Gareth Young (24*) batted well over the closing overs during which both Wheeldon and Clare improved their bowling figures.

After the break Kevin Dean (1-20) struck an early blow to remove James Chapman but it was another 34 overs before Ockbrook struck again by which time Sandiacre were in a commanding position.

Ben Ruhrmund (59) and Ollie Swann (94*) had come together with the score on 4 for 1 and they proceeded to bat the visitors out of contention.

Their stand was worth 143 when Ruhrmund scooped a catch to Jack Ratcliffe but Swann continued calmly in the company of Tom Priestley (16*) and victory arrived with six overs in hand.

The two sides’ second XIs also met with hosts Ockbrook claiming a winning draw.

They made 263-9 from their 46 overs, David Hallack’s 54 the highlight of the batting whilst Michael Noble bowled superbly to take 5-43 for the visitors.

The reply started well with 59 on the board before Praveen Chandran fell for 26, and despite Kev Newbold (34), Jay Harper (22) and Gareth Goodall (22) scoring well, no others reached double figures and Sandiacre held on with a wicket to spare on 179-9 at the close.

The third XI beat Matlock seconds who, batting first, were all out for 126, Mark Burton with 66 of them and three wickets each for Paul and Jordan Standring and Anthony Taylor.

Sandiacre reached the target with six men down, John Murfin top scoring with 39.