Sandiacre Town jumped up to third-place in the league with a hard-earned victory over Alvaston & Boulton and Longmoor Lane on Saturday.
The success was Town’s second in a row and third of the season, moving them to within 20 points of early leaders Swarkestone.
It was Alvaston & Boulton who batted first and they got off to an encouraging start.
Openers Steve Stubbings and Chris McIlroy got the score to 50 before Stubbings was out lbw to John Jordison for 22.
McIlroy carried on well in making 38 but with the score just three runs short of a century he became the first of Jono Clare’s five victims by finding the hands of Dan Wheeldon to leave the score 97-2.
That quickly became 101-3 when David Tittershill saw his stumps removed by John Jordison before Clare struck twice more to see off David Lewis (15) and Waseem Mohammed, who notched just one run.
With the score at 133-5 A&B were suddenly in some trouble but Atiq Bhatti and Hassan Adnan brought a little bit of order back into proceedings, the latter going on to score 39 before Clare bowled him with the score on 194-6 - Chesney Hughes having caught out Bhatti off the bowling of Dan Wheeldon earlier on.
The tail couldn’t add much more as Colin Griggs, Chris Stevenson and Adam Wheatcroft all departed, Wheeldon claiming two of those scalps and Clare completing his five-for and a fine spell of bowling.
He ended with 5 for 31, Wheeldon 3-73 and John Jordison 2 for 53.
Sandiacre’s reply started poorly with both openers out early on.
James Chapman was bolwed by Griggs for just five and John Trueman for three, Adam Wheatcroft the bowler as Town found themselves 13-2.
But in came Oliver Swann and Chesney Hughes and they powered on to give the hosts a chance.
Swann hit 44 before being out with the score at 112, Hughes out for a fine 59 at the hands of Stevenson who had also accounted for David Jordison.
There was still work to be done but Daniel Tucker and Wheeldon did it in style with a fine closing partnership of 76 to see out the win with five wickets to spare and secure 22 more points for Sandiacre.