Sandiacre suffer further title blow

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Sandiacre Town fell further behind leaders Swarkestone in the Premier League title race after crashing to a 13-run defeat at Ticknall on Saturday.

Things were going well at the half way stage with the home side restricted to 186 for 8, but it all went pear-shaped after the break with Tommy Taylor grabbing the headlines with a superb return of 5 for 32.

The young right-arm seamer claimed an early wicket, alongside Shahid Khan (3-30,) but Sandiacre still reached a healthy 100 for 3 thanks to the efforts of opener James Chapman (63).

However, Taylor’s dismissal of Andy Rhodes began the Sandiacre slide and when Ryan Cowley got through Chapman’s defences the visitors had slipped to 137 for 7.

Khan and Taylor continued to press but Sandiacre countered through Curtley Read and Jono Clare (20) to reach 167 for 8 with just a little more than four overs to go.

Up stepped Taylor, however, to grab the last two wickets in quick succession and Ticknall were the victors.

Ticknall had had trouble of their own in the action before tea, slipping to a shaky 30 for 4 following wickets from John Jordison (2-31) and Dan Wheeldon (2-52).

Khan (48) improved matters with the help of Rupert Scott-Jones and Taylor but the latter’s dismissal left a lot of work still to be done at 102 for 6.

Scott Chilman (39) helped turn things around and his runs proved vital, as were those of a belligerent Cowley who cracked 33 from only 22 deliveries, a cameo which featured three sixes.

Clare (2-34) and Ollie Uffindall (2-43) were the other wicket takers.

On Sunday, there was further woe for Sandiacre as they lost by 16 runs to Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the first round of the Derbyshire Premier Cup.

Hosts Mansfield batted first and had Tom New to thank for an outstanding 120 as they reached 248-7, Gareth Curtis making 62 but few others scoring higher than 15.

Andy Rhodes took 3-33 for Sandiacre.

The reply was steady throughout but ultimately Town fell just short having lost nine wickets, Chesney Hughes top scoring with 57 as their 50 overs ended on 232-9.

Sandiacre’s second XI were comprehensively beaten by 121 runs at home to Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.

The home side were all out for 176, Adam Fearnley taking 4 for 56 and three wickets each for Kev Newbold and Gareth Goodall.

But the reply was disappointing for Sandiacre as they were demolished for just 55, Adeel Choudry’s 7-25 doing most of the damage.

The third XI added to a poor weekend for the club as they also lost, this time at Selston.

The hosts made 136-8 from their innings but Sandiacre fell 17 short in reply, ending up all out for 119 despite Chris Attwood’s 38.