Ryan McFadyean’s spectacular start to the season continued as he fired Sandiacre Town to another emphatic win, this time over Quarndon.
The South African starred with bat and ball as Sandiacre crushed Quarndon by 138 runs at Longmoor Lane to record their third 27 point win on the bounce.
Quarndon too had made an unbeaten start to the season winning both their opening matches, but had no answer to the Erewash side.
Sandiacre chose to bat first on what seemed a fairly damp wicket, though it seemed like the decision had backfired as Quarndon’s medium pace bowlers exploited the favourable conditions, reducing the hosts to 96-7.
Matt Dowman and James Ede in particular found the pitch to their liking, sharing six of the wickets to fall. Dowman bowled his 15 off the reel taking 3-31, while Ede claimed 3-45 from 11.
John Jordison and Dan Wheeldon reigned in their attacking instincts as Sandiacre looked to initially bat out their overs, whilst hopefully reaching a defendable target. They added 37 for the eighth wicket before Wheeldon was bowled by Mohammed Sultan for 20.
McFadyean joined Jordison with the score at 133-8 and plenty of work still to do. The pair played watchfully, especially to Nathan Dumelow, who was bowling a tempting line and length, while McFadyean in particular was quick on to anything he could score off, depositing Sultan for two huge leg-side sixes.
When Jordison was out, caught on the cover boundary by Dumelow off Sultan for 28 scored patiently off 61 balls, the pair had 31 to take the score to 164-9.
McFadyean continued to mix defence with attack, sweeping Dumelow fine for four and striking Sultan over long-on for six, as the last wicket partnership yielded 29 more valuable runs before Danny Green was run out off the penultimate ball.
McFadyean finished unbeaten on 42 from 37 deliveries as Sandiacre were all out for 193, a score which seemed a long way off after Dowman and Ede had done the early damage.
McFadyean then picked up with the ball where he’d left off with the bat - in destructive mood.
He took the early wicket of the dangerous Dowman, caught by John Trueman at first slip. Ede and Robin Williamson took the score slowly to 45, but once Wheeldon bowled Williamson – his only wicket - for 21, Quarndon crumbled.
Ede was bowled by McFadyean to one that kept a touch low and Sultan was trapped LBW first ball. Tom Morris survived the hat-trick ball but lasted only three more deliveries before he was yorked by McFadyean for his fourth wicket, the score 46-5.
John Jordison then came into the attack and struck straight away, removing Dumelow with a peach for a 14 ball duck.
Jordison struck again just two balls later, trapping ‘keeper Kev Hollis in front.
Jake Lowe edged McFadyean for four through the slips to take the score past 50 but McFadyean soon gained revenge.
He bowled Lowe and then had Steve Hollis caught behind first ball to put him on his second hat-trick of the afternoon.
Although Owen Hughes survived that, he fell in the following over, bowled by Jordison as Quarndon’s last nine wickets fell for just ten runs in 8 pulsating overs.
McFadyean finished with 6-32 from 12, while Jordison’s three wickets cost just three runs as Sandiacre increased their lead at the top of the table to 18 points.
It was a successful weekend for the second XI too, as they enjoyed league and cup success.
On Saturday they travelled to Nutbrook and recorded a 30 run win.
Struggling at 50-4, Sandiacre were grateful to Ady Taylor (55) and skipper Gary Goodall (46) for setting them back on track.
Kev Newbold then gave the innings some momentum with a swashbuckling 25 as Sandiacre were eventually all out for 204.
There were three wickets apiece for Kev Flewitt and Carl Cruz.
Plenty of the Nutbrook batsmen got starts but none managed more than Rich Henshaw’s 27, as Sandiacre completed their win in dramatic style.
Kev Newbold and Jono Clare had picked up three wickets each to help set up an exciting climax.
Nutbrook had two overs to see off for a losing draw, while Sandiacre needed just two wickets for the win.
But it was to go Sandiacre’s way as Andrew Marlow bowled Lewis Haywook in the penultimate over and Neil Smith bowled Cruz to wrap up the win.
On Sunday the seconds travelled to Cutthorpe in the first round of the Marston’s Trophy and pulled off an emphatic seven-wicket win.
Batting first, Cutthorpe were shot out for just 71.
Kev Newbold was again in the wickets with 4-30 from nine and he was backed up by 3-24 from Anthony Taylor.
Ben Ruhrmund’s 28 in reply helped set up a trip to Langley Mill in the next round.
The third team completed a hat-trick of wins batting first with a 130-run victory over Shipley Hall.
Chris Attwood recorded his second successive hundred with 123 as Sandiacre made 243-5 from their 46 overs, Jordan Leeming taking 3-64 for Shipley.
The thirds also left it late, the last wicket falling with just two balls remaining.
Paul Standring took the decisive wicket to finish with 3-16, while Anthony Taylor had earlier taken 5-26 to help set up the win.