James Chapman hit a fine century for Sandiacre Town at home to Denby on Saturday but the visitors ultimately held out to frustrate the hosts ane earn a losing draw.
Denby won the toss and put Sandiacre into bat, Chapman and Gareth Curtis making 36 before Curtis was bowled by Peter Burgoyne for 21.
Burgoyne then trapped Ollie Swann lbw for 21 with the score on 90, but Chapman was starting to exert his authority on proceedings at the other end with several boundaries to keep the home side’s score ticking over.
Marius Conway-Jones was then fourth down for 22 having had his stumps removed by wicket-keeper Jack Stone off the bowling of Jurie Snyman to leave Sandiacre on 140-3.
But Chapman and Rob Cook knuckled down and the score had passed 200 before Chapman was eventually out to become Burgoyne’s third victim, Greg Cork taking the catch and Chapman out for a 111 which featured nine fours and five sixes.
Cook continued to impress alongside Andy Rhodes and the duo helped the score along to 255 before Cook became the first of James Hardwick’s five victims as his bails were sent flying for 39.
That signalled something of a collapse as Rhodes swiftly fell for 28 and no other batsman could score any more than six runs, although the overs ran out before the hosts could be bowled out as Sandiacre finished on 273-9, Harwick ending with 5-48 and Burgoyne 3-81.
Denby reached 17 before opener Ben Chapman-Lilley was caught behind by Curtley Read off Ryan McFadyean’s bowling, and once Alex Eyre was out for 47 Denby were facing a battle to achieve a draw let alone a win.
They achieved it, largely thanks to Cork’s 51, ended by a run out, and a useful 29 from Daniel Burgoyne, but Sandiacre couldn’t quite see off the tail as Denby stood strong and saw their innings out for 175 with one wicket still standing.
Sandiacre’s second XI were left frustrated at Ockbrook & Borrowash as rain put a halt to their run chase as a win looked possible.
Sandiacre skipper Ben Ruhrmund won the toss and inserted the hosts to bat, openers Chris Ball and Paul Burrow progressing to 47 before Ball was caught by Jack Anderson off Anthony Taylor’s bowling for 24.
Burrow was then bowled by Taylor to leave Ockrook on 85-2 but Will Kent-Smith and Garret Rimmington were in good form and helped the score along to 161 before the latter saw his stumps sent flying by Alistair Leek just two runs short of his half century, Kent-Smith soon following in a similar fashion to Matt Newbold for 35.
Ben de Vos and Miles Hayhurst progressed the score to 192 before de Vos was caught behind by Bill Anderson off Newbold for 12, Anderson also adding two stumpings to his afternoon’s work as Ockbrook were eventually bowled out for 236.
Newbold took 4-69, Leek 3-39 and Taylor 2-35.
Sandiacre’s reply progressed well once Jack Anderson was out with the score on 26, George Domleo and David Jordison providing a useful partnership of 54 before Domleo fell for 29.
Jordison departed for 40 and then Ruhrmund cheaply soon afterwards, but Bill Anderson followed up his good work with the gloves by hitting 64 before being caught and bowled by de Vos to leave Sandiacre 202-5 but still in good shape.
Leek also sat comfortably for a while and hit 38 before being run out, but nobody else around him was able to make an impact.
With two wickets still standing and Sandiacre on 221, the rain then arrived to deny them the chance of knocking off the 16 required for victory.
Sandiacre thirds were on the wrong end of a batting masterclass as they lost by nine wickets at home to Allestree.
Allestree skipper Ben Sarrton won the toss and opted to bat. That proved an inspired decision as he and Andrew Layton put on 256 for the first wicket, Sarton the only wicket to fall for 85 and Layton smashing his way to 158 not out.
Sandiacre held out for 46 overs before being bowled out for 150, John Murfin top scoring with 46.