SANDIACRE Town’s bowlers once again stole the show as they eased to a comfortable victory at Ticknall on Saturday.
But having only claimed 22 points from a win batting second, Town subsequently saw the gap between themselves and leaders Ockbrook widen by five more points with their rivals claiming maximum pionts from their game against Lullington Park.
Ticknall held out for 38.1 overs but were unable to hit three figures.
Opener Luke Harvey was out for just four runs when bowled by Ryan McFadyean, who then struck again to dismiss Zain Abbas - caught behind by wicket keeper Curtley Read.
Dan Wheeldon then took centre stage as he firstly had Harvey’s fellow opener, and top scorer, Paul Borrington trapped lbw for 27, and then ripped through the middle order by seeing off Shahid Khan and Michael Jacques in similar fashion to Borrington, having Johnny Thompstone caught by Read and bowling Ricky Kniveton for a duck.
In the midst of that, John Jordson also fed Read’s gloves via the bat of Edward Ikin, who was the next highest scorer on 24.
Jordison and McFadyean then mopped up the tail to leave the hosts all out for a paltry 91.
Wheeldon ended with figures of 5 for 33, McFadyean 3 for 20 and Jordison 2 for 35.
Sandiacre laboured a little in reply in the sense that they lost five wickets, including openers James Chapman and Chesney Hughes for only six and five respectively.
Matt Gouldstone came in and saw out the innings with an unbeaten 25, and although he lost partners Naveed Qureshi (14) and Read (18) during his tenure, Sandiacre passed their target in just under 35 overs.
The second XI travelled to Cutthorpe but despite accumulating a reasonable batting total were beaten by six wickets.
The visitors lost Danny Green early on for 12 but Tom Priestley and Ben Ruhrmund took control with half centuries each to leave Sandiacre in a good position.
Priestley eventually fell lbw to Rob Plested for 59, while Ruhrmund made it to 69 before being bowled by Mohamed Mazahir.
The rest of the order batted reasonably well as Sandiacre ended on 262-8 from their 46 overs, Alistair Leek hitting 25 and Gareth Goodall 26.
Plested was top bowler with 3 for 75.
In reply, Cutthorpe’s opening pair of Plested and Matt Cluer made 82 between them before the former was caught and bowled by Jono Clare.
Cluer went on to make 68 before being caught by Green off the bowling of Andrew Marlow for 68, and despite lbw successes from James Taylor to dismiss Ian Thompson for 13 and Neil Smith to see off Mazahir for 31, Cutthorpe passed their target with eight overs to spare.
The thirds were able to achieve what the seconds couldn’t as they saw off Cutthorpe’s second XI in comfortable fashion at Breaston.
John Murfin and Chris Attwood were the stars of the show in the batting sense, as they opened up with a fine partnership of 156, Murfin hitting a century including 17 fours and two sixes before finally being caught by Simon Platts off Clive Howells for 107.
Attwood progressed to 82 before he too was caught, and number four Adrian Taylor also got in on the act as he notched a half century of his own to reach 58 before becoming one of Adam Bointon’s two victims.
Sandiacre ended their 42 allotted overs on 270-5.
They then went on to dismiss the visitors before they could reach a century between them.
Anthony Taylor was in blistering form as he ripped through the top order, having openers Simon Platts and Simon Barlow trapped lbw and then bowling Matthew Platts and Jake Bingham. He ended with figures of 4 for 20.
George Domleo also bowled well to end on 3-19 with Paul White (2-17) and Paul Chambers (1 for 1) helping to bowl Cutthorpe out for just 94.