Chesney’s century puts Sandiacre top

Reigning champions Sandiacre Town overcame a dreadful start at Matlock to beat the weather and claim a 73-run victory which put them back on top of the Beechwood MG Derbyshire Premier League.

They were aided by a fine century from Chesney Hughes, nearly a fortnight after his unbeaten 270 had come within four runs of a record-breaking one-day score for Derbyshire against Yorkshire .

And yet things had started badly for the visitors at the picturesque setting of Causeway Lane.

Peter Camm (6-89) claimed the scalps of James Chapman and Ollie Swann in the first three overs ,with neither batsman troubling the scorers.

They improved to 36 for 2 with Jack Anderson (16) playing a few nice strokes, but Ed Lander had him caught by skipper Matt Cluer with the score unchanged.

The match changed in the next 40 minutes of play once the rain threat had receded, with Hughes (104) and Ollie Uffindall (32) moving swiftly to a fourth wicket stand of 83.

It was all Hughes after that, despite the ever-present threat of Camm, and he moved effortlessly to a 75-ball century, smashing ten sixes and six fours in the process.

Sandiacre were eventually all out for 220 at the end of the 32nd over but Matlock were soon in trouble in reply.

They lost both openers to Dan Wheeldon (3-69) with only 36 runs on the board, although James Smith (23), Drage Thompson (29) and Cluer (19) hit back to move the score along to a relatively healthy 92 for 3.

Thompson’s dismissal, the first of five wickets for John Jordison (5-32), signalled a terminal decline and Matlock lost six wickets for the addition of only 23 runs and slumped to 115 for 9.

Last pair Drew Mullaney (31) and a battling Lander defied the odds and frustrated their visitors for several overs but Jono Clare finally broke through with the score on 147 to seal Sandiacre’s victory.

On Sunday, Sandiacre then pulled off an emphatic victory over Kimberley Institute in the ECB National Club Championship.

Batting first, the Notts Premier League side were destroyed by the Sandiacre attack.

Ryan McFadyean and Dan Wheeldon were the chief tormentors, the duo taking care of nine wickets between them, Kimberley’s highest scorer being Mick Blatherwick with 11.

Indeed, it could have been much worse had Alex King’s innings of 10 not stretched the final wicket stand, Institute having been 27-9 at one point.

McFadyean ended with 5 for 10 and Wheeldon 4-21 as Kimberley were all out for just 42.

That target proved no problem at all for Sandiacre to reach inside nine overs, only Jack Anderson losing his wicket for 15 as James Chapman (20) and Ollie Uffindall (0) saw the visitors home.

There was no such luck for the second and third XIs over the weekend, as both of their matches, at home to South Wingfield and away at Chesterfield Barbarians respectively, fell victim to the weather.