WITH Sandiacre’s first XI enjoying success in the local derby at Ilkeston Rutland on Saturday (see p35), the club’s second and third XIs followed suit with wins over Derby Congregational and Breadsall respectively.
Derby Congs find themselves at the wrong end of the table after a poor start to the campaign but they can be a dangerous opposition for the way the attacking nature of the cricket.
They made early inroads too as Andrew Addy claimed the wickets of Curtley Read and Ben Ruhrmund to leave Sandiacre 20-2.
Sandiacre rebuilt with a 92-run partnership between Tom Priestley (60) and Ally Leek (47), before Ben De Vos decided to bring his off-spin into the attack.
He removed both batsmen within 13 runs of each other and ran out Praveen Chandran for just 6 with Sandiacre 129-5.
This brought the skipper, Gareth Goodall and Ady Taylor to the crease and they added a 91-run partnership of their own.
Goodall was the major contributor with 62 from 50 balls which included seven fours and three sixes, while Taylor made 38.
De Vos completed a good spell of bowling claiming the wickets of Goodall and Kev Newbold, but not before Newbold cracked 27 from 12 balls. De Vos finished with 4-65 as Sandiacre amassed 267-8 from their 46 overs.
The one thing you can be certain about with Derby Congs is that they will have a go, the draw option being a last resort.
However, they lost De Vos for a duck, lbw to Neil Smith, and found early runs hard to come by.
Goodall then brought Anthony Taylor into the attack. The young left arm seamer has been the third team’s main bowling threat over the last few seasons but has found opportunities in the seconds hard to come by.
He did himself no harm, however, as he ran through the Derby batting line up claiming 6-40.
He took the next four wickets to fall, as Derby Congs slipped to 89-5 before Sandiacre found some resistance as Adam Palmer and Usman Siddiqi added 60 for the sixth wicket.
Rotating his bowlers, Goodall brought back Newbold and Smith and it was Smith that struck. He bowled Siddiqi for 41 before Newbold ended Palmer’s dogged innings of 23 made from 51 balls.
Smith claimed a third wicket when Rashid Ayaz was trapped in front first ball and it was left to Anthony Taylor to wrap up the win, clean bowling Addy and Mick Woolley.
Derby Congs were all out for 179 from 36 overs to give Sandiacre an 88 run win, leaving them second in the table, one point behind leaders Cutthorpe.
The Third team won their fourth game on the bounce to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season with a sixwicket win against Breadsall.
Only four Breadsall batsmen made it into double figures and they were grateful to Jordan Shapland’s 28, batting at number eight, to get them past 100.
The wickets were shared around between openers Paul Standring (2-16) and James Dean (3-28) and first change bowlers Jake Trembling (2-24) and Paul White (2-34) as Breadsall were all out for 119.
In reply, Matt Shuttleworth made 36 and Neil MacNamee dealt only in boundaries for his 24.
Sandiacre reached their target in just 23-1 overs to pick up another 22 points.
The win leaves them in second place, 24 points behind leaders Langley Mill but with a game in hand.