Leaders Sandiacre get back on song

Sandiacre all rounder Rob Cook is pictured on his way to a crucial 61 against Chesterfield on Saturday.
Sandiacre all rounder Rob Cook is pictured on his way to a crucial 61 against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Sandiacre Town got back to winning ways as they beat Chesterfield at Longmoor Lane on Saturday.

The win maintained their lead at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League, Town now 48 points clear of second-placed Ticknall.

Chesterfield skipper Mykylo Bird won the toss and put Sandiacre into bat, Gareth Curtis and James Chapman making 29 together before Curtis was out for 14.

John Trueman lasted just five balls before he was out lbw to Ross Whiteley and when Marius Conway-Jones followed soon afterwards, Sandiacre were 38-3 and in some trouble.

Things didn’t get a great deal better as Chapman went for 22, also lbw to Whiteley, to leave them 58-4, Andy Rhodes and Curtley Read both following cheaply, as did Matt Shuttleworth.

Rob Cook would be the man to save the league leaders. He had arrived to replace Conway-Jones and batted sensibly as others fell around him, his 61 proving crucial as Dan Wheeldon and John Jordison also departed and Sandiacre were all out for a disappointing 162.

Town needed a quick impact with the ball and got it, Ben Slater out first ball to Wheeldon who then saw off Bird soon afterwards and Chesterfield were 3-2.

Whitely became Wheeldon’s next victim as he was the first of three to find the hands of Shuttleworth, Alex Hibbert nad Billy Holmes soon following him back into the clubhouse and Chesterfield were 42-5.

Matt Higginbotham steadied the ship somewhat and his 57 would give Chesterfield some hope but nobody could get starts around him and he would survive to be last man out but with Chesterfield 26 short of their target. Wheeldon took 5-46.

Sandiacre second XI proved too good for high-flying Langley Mill United on Saturday.

Batting first, the Millers scored 214-8 off their 46 overs, but started off in the worst possible fashion by losing three quick wickets to leave them 28-3 off eight overs, Kevin Newbold and Jordan Standring doing the early damage.

The Millers then consolidated for a while with Sajendra Thimal and Simon Lacey before Thimal was stumped for 40.

Langley Mill then continued to lose wickets and suddenly found themselves 99-6 as Aaron Tullett (2) and Danny Hanson (9) fell, Dave Jordison and Jordan Halford harming the middle order.

The Millers then slumped to 149-8 off 39 as Sandiacre picked up two more quick wickets, firstly Lacey for 39 and then Jack Scott for 23.

But just as the Millers were hoping to see out the overs and limp to 175, enter Jay Holmes (52*) and Andrew Bailey (20*) with a stand of 65 to take their side to a more respectable but below par 214-8, Holmes was the aggressor smashing three fours and three sixes.

Jordison was the pick of the bowlers with 3-50 and there were two wickets piece for Newbold and Halford.

In reply, Sandiacre got off to a slow start but kept wickets in hand which became vital at the end.

They lost two quick wickets as Holmes picked them off, but a third wicket stand of 60 between Bill Anderson (31) and George Domleo (45) set the foundation for the middle order batsmen to play with some freedom.

The Millers tried several bowling options but coupled with poor fielding Sandiacre edged closer to the finish line and 27 points.

A stand of 71 in eight overs from Ashley Brown (51*) and Tom Priestley (33) helped give Sandiacre maximum points. For the Millers, Holmes picked up 3-42, Bailey 2-40 and there was a wicket too for Lacey.

Sandiacre thirds made it a good day all round with a one wicket win against Selston.

Selston batted first and were all out for 174, Tom Rigby top bowler with 3-43.

The target was reached just in time, Richard Burne’s 88 the highlight as Sandiacre won with seven balls to spare and one wicket standing.

The only defeat of the weekend came on Sunday when Sandiacre seconds lost in the T20 competition to Clifton who made 186-7, Kev Newbold with 3-12.

Sandiacre were bowled out for 133 in reply, Matt Shuttleworth top scoring with 45.