by Leslie Allwood
Sandiacre Town’s second XI proved too strong for hosts Shipley Hall on Saturday as they comfortably emerged victorious.
The visitors won the toss and batted first on a hot sunny day.
Openers Tom Priestley and Praveen Chandran made a steady start and took the score to 76 before Chandran was lbw to Danny Haddon for 28 and new batsman Ben Ruhrmund was caught behind off Richard Siddons for 1.
Ally Leek joined Priestley and they moved the score on to 178 in the 40th over, when Leek was caught in the deep by Danny Hanson for 45.
Kevin Newbold was next to shine as he attacked the bowling with 35 from 18 balls before he was bowled by James Cokayne.
Priestley then had to have a runner as he got closer to a hundred, and Neil Smith joined him and hit 19 from seven balls.
Priestley, on 95 with two balls to go, was finally caught behind by Martin Starr off Cokayne, and Sandiacre completed their innings 252-5, Cokayne with 3 for 29.
Shipley Hall started slowly with Mark Starr and David Robinson scoring 21 off ten overs.
Robinson was caught behind for four and three balls later Hanson was caught in the gully by Priestley for two.
Starr and Cokayne increased the scoring rate before the former was bowled by Jono Clare for 38 and Cokayne soon followed for 18 and 75-4.
Terry Gainey settled in against the spin of Clare and hit several boundaries, but lost his partner Rob Cokayne, caught behind on 91.
George Essex joined Gainey and they had moved the score on to 122 when Gainey was out for 45.
Paul Standring was Sandiacre’s fourth bowler and he bowled Haddon for two before Essex and Martin Starr took the score to 152 before both Essex and Siddons were bowled by Standring for 23 and one respectively.
At 155-9, last man Simon Lacey, who had not played since September, came in and batted out nine overs before he was lbw to Smith for one in the 44th over, Martin Starr finishing not out on nine as Shipley were all out for 166.
Newbold took 4-54 and Standring 3-16.