A century from Ollie Swann wasn’t enough for reigning champions Sandiacre on Saturday as hosts Lullington Park battled back to earn a draw at Edingale Lane.
The home side’s final tally of 176 for 9 was well short of Sandiacre’s 235 for 6 but the visitors had man-of-the-match Ollie Uffindall (67) and centurion Ollie Swann (106) to thank for rescuing their side after two early losses.
Sandiacre had slipped to 39 for 2 but Swann (one six, 17 fours) and Uffindall (eight fours) added a superb 171 for the third wicket in the space of 33 overs and the visitors went in to the tea interval very much in the ascendency.
However, a battling rearguard innings from Lullington Park’s Paul Dawson (51 not out) helped secured a draw for his side.
Martin Walters (23) and Andrew Goodwin (46) had added 65 for Park’s second wicket, following the early loss of James Doherty, but Uffindall (4-50) and Andy Marlow (2-37) then reduced the hosts to 90 for 5 as their quest to overhaul Sandiacre’s 235 for 6 ran aground.
Skipper Richard Green (33) had, however, managed to dig in and his sixth wicket partnership of 63 with Dawson eventually went a long way to securing a small share of the points.
Green’s dismissal in the 42nd over was followed two overs later by that of Richard Lewis and Uffindall now had four wickets to his name.
Lullington were now in deep trouble on 162 for 7 and Ryan McFadyean (2-33) returned to snap up two wickets in the 47th over to take his side to the cusp of victory.
Sandiacre were to be denied, however, by Dawson’s 74-ball defiance, the Lullington all-rounder managing to successfully engineer much of the strike over the remaining three overs and earn the losing draw.
The second XI fell to a 61-run loss at home to Staveley Welfare.
Batting first, Staveley lost an opener early on but Joe Bullimore remained resolute and his 95 was the catalyst to the visitors’ eventual score of 228-6.
Chris Hopkinson added a half century (53 not out) lower down the order as Staveley improved from 97-4 to their eventual closign total, Jay Harper taking two of the wickets.
Sandiacre got off to a slow start, openers Jack Anderson and George Domleo both out for single figures.
Bill Anderson and Daniel Tucker steadied the ship, the latter top scoring with 42 before becoming one of Chris Bullimore’s three victims, the Staveley man taking 3 for 22.
Neil MacNamee (26) and Jay Harper (27) also added useful knocks but the hosts were all out for 167.
Victory also eluded Sandiacre’s third XI as they were beaten by seven wickets at Eckington.
Despite batting out all 46 overs, Sandiacre only had 143 runs to show for it, Matthew Pavis with a half century and John Murfin adding 41. Wayne Dye took 4 for 30.
The total of 143-5 looked more than achievable for Eckington and so it proved, Andy Lee (42) and Chris Ludlam (48) the main architects of the win as they helped Eckington past the target with plenty to spare.