Decisive performances with the ball from Ryan McFadyean and Ollie Uffindall helped seal a comfortable five-wicket win over Alvaston & Boulton as Sandiacre began their defence of the Premier League.
Dan Wheeldon trapped Chris McIlroy first ball after A & B had been asked to bat and the visitors never properly recovered.
McFadyean’s 4 for 47 left the innings in tatters on 63 for 5, a scoreline that would have been much worse but for the defiance of Steve Stubbings (60).
Atiq Bhatti (42) helped add 68 for the sixth wicket but he became became Uffindall’s first victim on his way to 3 for 47 to increase A & B’s woes.
Jono Clare (2-17) got his just reward for a superb spell of bowling to remove both Stubbings and Iain O’Brien, and the end came in the 47th over with the scoreboard showing 169.
New Zealander O’Brien (2-41) gave the Sandiacre openers a torrid time after tea and the reply slipped to 34 for 2 and then 59 for 3.
But the batsmen slowly got on top and good knocks from Chesney Hughes (34), Uffindall (33*) and Andy Rhodes (33) confirmed victory in the 35th over.
Sandiacre’s second XI were left frustrated at Denby and had to make do with a winning draw.
Batting first, things got off to a tricky start for Sandiacre with openers Tom Priestley (9) and Dan Tucker (4) both removed before 20 had been reached.
But Ben Ruhrmund and Bill Anderson came in to steady the ship, Ruhrmund next out for 16 to leave the score at 66-3.
Anderson was dismissed for a useful 39 before Ally Leek and Neil MacNamee took the innings by the scruff of the neck, Leek ending not out on 62 and MacNamee out for 30 as they together helped the score progress to 165-5.
Leek was joined by Gareth Goodall, Michael Noble and Jay Harper (16) in the latter stages but at the end of 46 overs they could only increase to 203-6.
Fraser Kirk and Garry Cresswell took two wickets each.
Denby’s reply saw the runs scattered around but they held firm and ended on 155-7, Rob Peat top scorere with 29.
Noble was top wicket taker with 3 for 63, Goodall taking 2-27 and Harper and Adam Fearnley the others.
Sandiacre’s third XI fell to a 93-run defeat to Duffield at Breaston.
The hosts batted first and were all out for 179, opener Steve Muskett with 54 and Mark Antill 33, although Anthony Taylor bowled well to claim 5 for 58.
Sandiacre’s innings was disappointing as they were bowled out for 86, only tailender Paul Standring (27) offering much resistance as Will Eisenberg (4-2() and James Rhodes (3-20) did most of the damage.