Sandiacre Town were left in no doubt about who will be taking their Derbyshire Premier League crown from them this season as champions-elect Swarkestone stormed to victory at Longmoor Lane.
The league leaders, who haven’t lost a league match all season, tore apart the Sandiacre batting line-up after setting a target of 244, which the home side came nowhere near threatening.
The warning signs were there from the off as Swarkestone’s opening pair of Jamie Guthrie and Chris Durham put on 93 for the first wicket before Durham was caught behind by Curtley Read off John Jordison’s bowling, and Jordison then struck again to send Guthrie’s stumps flying five runs later.
And when Alex Hughes became Jordison’s third victim LBW to leave Swarkestone 100-3, it seemed the mini-collapse may have given Town some hope.
But Thomas Hamilton and Garry Park dug in to add 49 more before the former was out caught and bowled by Jordison for 23, Park then finally dismissed for 39 thanks to the bowling of James Chapman.
But Luke Lacey (16) and Wayne White (38) moved the score along once more and Swarkestone eventually ended on 243-9, Jordison’s figures of 4-51 the highlight of Sandiacre’s day.
That was because a woeful batting performance followed, with Ben Ruhrmund’s innings of 12 the highest any batsman could muster.
Sandiacre were 30-6 at one point and things didn’t get much better, eventually bowled out for just 79 in 33.3 overs, Ryan McFadyean the only other bowler to make double figures with ten.
The result leaves Sandiacre firmly in mid-table, whilst Swarkestone will expect to have the title wrapped up in no time.
The second XI also looked like they were heading for defeat before rain interrupted their floundering run chase at Cutthorpe.
The home side struggled initially, at one point reduced to 32-4 before Rob Plested came in at number seven and went on to hit an unbeaten 84.
Andy Marlow took 3-36 as Cutthorpe eventually closed their innings on 179-7, Jay Harper picking up a couple of wickets as well.
Sandiacre’s innings also started badly as they were reduced to 10-3 early on, but opener Praveen Chandran was resolute until out LBW for 48 with the score on 93.
Only Neil MacNamee (26)made any real impression further down the card as Sandiacre were reduced to 126-8 before the weather intervened with ten overs remaining.
The third XI were the day’s only winners as they beat Ambergate by six wickets.
Ambergate were all out for just 70, Matthew Pavis with 3-20 the stand out bowler although Paul Standring’s 2-13 off fewer than six overs was helpful too.
The target was knocked off with just four wickets down, Josh Standring top scoring with 28 not out.