Victory puts Sandiacre on the verge of title glory

Ollie Swann hit a half century as Sandiacre produced another fine display to leave them on the verge of the title.
Ollie Swann hit a half century as Sandiacre produced another fine display to leave them on the verge of the title.

Sandiacre have now all but secured the Derbyshire Premier League title after another comfortable victory, this time at Quarndon on Saturday.

The win puts Town 63 points clear at the top with only three games to play, meaning a positive result at home to Eckington on Saturday should make the title theirs once again.

Quarndon skipper Nathan Dumelow won the toss at The Common and put the visiting leaders into bat, a decision which looked to have paid off when opener Gareth Curtis was out for just four when Dom Lean had him caught at slip by Adrian Rollins.

But James Chapman and Ollie Swann would then knuckle down and although Chapman fell for 27 to leave Sandiacre 49-2, Swann continued to find the boundary on regular occasions and made 59 before finally being the first of skipper Dumelow’s six victims, clean bowled having hit ten fours in his 71-ball innings.

Rob Cook came and went quickly to leave Sandiacre 122-4 but Marius Conway-Jones was in good form and his steady 44 helped his side on to 185-8 as the middle order of Andy Rhodes (12), Curtley Read (11) and Dan Wheeldon (12) all fell cheaply around him.

Conway-Jones was eighth man to go and despite John Jordison’s quick 16 and Ryan McFadyean’s 14, Sandiacre were all out for 212 with Dumelow taking 6-68.

In the end, Quarndon never looked likely to get anywhere near Sandiacre’s total, particularly once Ryan McFadyean had produced two early strikes to leave them 3-2 and then removed Ben Spendlove too as he was caught behind by Read.

Dumelow would again prove Sandiacre’s trickiest obstacle to negotiate as following his six wicket haul he proceeded to hit five fours and two sixes in a brisk knock of 43 before Read, who took four catches in all behind the stumps, again did the honours, this time off Wheeldon’s (4-27) bowling.

South African star McFadyean (6-32) would account for the rest of the departures, only Ali Khan making double figures (14) as all others toiled in the heat and eventually Quarndon were all out for just 90 in the 35th over.