Sandiacre maintained their lead at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League with a 63-run win at Dunstall on Saturday.
But it needed a three-wicket burst after tea from Ryan McFadyean to put Sandiacre back in charge of this game after the bottom club had dismissed their visitors for a modest 164.
It would have been worse had not McFadyean himself helped lift his side’s innings from the quagmire of 130 for 8 to its eventual respectability.
James Chapman (31) and Jack Anderson began solidly and Sandiacre, having been put in to bat, reached 22 in the eighth over before the latter was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Callum Brodrick.
However, Dunstall had to wait another 17 overs for their next success with the visitors seemingly on target for maximum batting points.
But the wicket of Ollie Swann (30), who had added a solid 63 with Chapman, signalled a change in fortune as Steve Scrimshaw (3-35) and Martin Clewley (4-49) put the home side in command.
Tom Bailey (2-30) grabbed the last two wickets but McFadyean (19) had given Sandiacre a little bit of momentum going into the tea interval.
That momentum quickly turned into match-winning momentum with Tom Mandleburg and Matt Gouldstone back in the pavilion with only five runs on the board.
James Benstead and Scott Elstone stemmed the tide for a short time but McFadyean (3-16) and then Jono Clare (2-29) made deep inroads and Dunstall slipped to 59 for 6.
Callum Brodrick (23) and Ed Bridgeman (23*) dug in as best they could, Brodrick improvising at one point to reverse sweep a sublime boundary, but John Jordison (4-23) got his man with the score on 88 and resistance thereafter, Bridgeman apart, was negligible.
There was a victory for the second XI too as they narrowly beat Langley Mill United’s first XI by one wicket.
Andrew Marlow was in excellent form with the ball as he took 5 for 39 to help reduce the Millers to 126 all out, Jay Harper also helping out wiht 3 for 39.
Sandiacre lost opener David Jordison with no runs on the board and never really recovered with any conviction.
They lost nine of their wickets before eventually crawling over the line with their last pairing of Michael Hart and Adam Fearnley in the 41st over.
Kev Newbold top scored with 41.
Langley Mill’s third XI got revenge for their clubmates by beating Sandiacre’s thirds by 166 runs.
It was a convincing win, Langley Mill having made 237-7 before bowling Sandiacre out for just 71.
In Wright Cup action on Sunday, Sandiacre fared much better as they beat Staveley Welfare seconds by 91 runs.
Chris Attwood’s excellent unbeaten 103 was the catalyst for the win as Sandiacre ended on 182-3.
They then proceeded to dismiss Staveley for just 91, Josh Standring taking 4 for 13, Paul Standring 2 for 8 and Anthony Taylor 2 for 5 as they eased to victory.