Stubbings stuns stuttering Sandiacre

Jono Clare took four wickets for Sandiacre but Alvaston & Boulton ultimately had more in the locker.
Jono Clare took four wickets for Sandiacre but Alvaston & Boulton ultimately had more in the locker.

Former Derbyshire star Steve Stubbings was in sparkling form as Alvaston & Boulton dealt Sandiacre’s title hopes another severe blow on Saturday at the Raygar Arena.

Australian Stubbings struck a stunning 135, including 18 fours and two sixes, to help his side reach 288-9 - a total Sandiacre would eventually get nowhere near..

And yet things had started fairly well for the visitors as they bowled first, Chris McIlroy removed early on by Dan Wheeldon who then repeated the trick to sent the stumps flying of Jamie Rowland to leave Alvaston and Boulton 30-2.

When Wheeldon then had Hassan Adnan caught behind by Curtley Read, A&B were 42-3 and looking shaky.

But opener Stubbings was still at the crease and strong partnerships with Rahib Ali (33) and Rahim Ali (38) helped recover the innings, Stubbings eventually sixth to fall with the score on 242.

New Zealand star Iain O’Brien added 20 late on to help A&B to a closing total of 288-9, Wheeldon’s figures of 3-66 aided by Jono Clare’s 4-88 and Ollie Uffindall’s 2-69.

Sandiacre’s reply opened well with opening pair James Chapman and Uffindall reaching 43 before the latter was out lbw to Colin Griggs.

That signalled something of a collapse, as 47-1 soon became 69-6 as Oliver Swann, Ben Ruhrmund, Andy Rhodes, Daniel Tucker and Tom Priestley all fell for single figures.

It needed Wheeldon to steady the ship and his 49 did that to an extent, but once Chapman had departed for 73 with the score on 157, only two more runs were added as the visitors were all out for 159.

Chris Stevenson was main wicket taker with 4-21, Sandiacre now down to third in the table with leaders Swarkestone having stretched their lead further at the top.

Sandiacre’s second XI were also defeated as they fell by eight wickets at home to Denby seconds.

The hosts batted first but struggled to get going, opener Neil MacNamee out early on and Gareth Goodall and Bill Anderson departing in quick succession to leave then 52-3.

Kev Newbold hit 37 to give Sandiacre a foothold but others fell around him cheaply, Michael Noble’s useful 33 lower down the order only able to assist Sandiacre to a total of 139 all out.

That target proved little trouble for Denby to reach despite losing two wickets, George Wilson’s 67 helping to see them over the line inside 35 overs.

The third XI had a double-header, firstly losing by six wickets to Duffield on Saturday despite totalling 247-6, Chris Attwood’s 70 the highlight.

But Duffield had Russell King in fine form with an unbeaten 130 and that aided their victory with just an over to spare.

A miserable weekend for Sandiacre CC was then completed on Sunday when the thirds lost their Wright Cup quarter-final to Quarndon by 38 runs.

Kevin Hollis made 71 as Quarndon were all out for 140, three wickets each coming from Anthony Taylor, Matthew Newbold and Paul Standring, but Town were demolished for just 102 to seal their fate.