Sandiacre Town paceman Ryan McFadyean once again put in an excellent performance with both bat and ball as the league leaders increased their advantage at the top of the table to 19pts.
McFadyean stepped in with his side struggling on 124 for 7 against Chesterfield with Simon Lacey (2-36) and Brian Gladwin (3-42) threatening to end Sandiacre’s unbeaten start to 2013.
Ollie Swann (59) had earlier added 56 for the fourth wicket in the company of Dan Tucker following an average start but Sandiacre plunged from 114 for 3 to 124 for 7 and desperate measures were needed.
Up stepped McFadyean with a run-a-ball 27 (two sixes, one four) to complement John Jordison’s more measured knock of 29 and the home side had a much better than expected 184 for 9 to defend.
It wasn’t long before McFadyean (5-17) had made his mark after the interval, his five-wicket burst reducing the visitors to a perilous 27 for 5, but Chesterfield found salvation in the shape of Minesh Keshwala (30*) and Matt Higginbottom (31) whose excellent defiance ended Sandiacre’s victory march.
They added a patient 50 over a 19-over period and the visitors closed on 110 for 6 to take home a small share of the points.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Sandiacre progressed to the semi-finals of the Premier T20 tournament by winning Group C in matches played at Quarndon.
In the opening match of the group, Quarndon overcame Denby by eight wickets to progress to the final.
There they would face the winners of the clash between Sandiacre and Lullington Park.
Batting first, Sandiacre started badly as James Chapman was removed with the score on zero.
Fellow opener Jack Anderson scored well though and made 30 before being run out.
From then on the scoring didn’t progress too quickly and Sandiacre ended up all out for 127, Ollie Uffindall the next highest scorer with 21.
For Lullington Park, Sam Eaton took 3 for 29.
In reply, Sandiacre also struck early as James Doherty was out LBW to John Jordison, and wickets then fell steadily throughout as Lullington Park were all out for 94, Jordison, Uffindall and Jono Clare claiming two wickets each.
Specific details for the final were unavailable at the time of going to press, but Sandiacre were victorious by seven wickets having reduced Quarndon to 111-8 and then passed the target with the loss of just three wickets in reply.
Sandiacre’s second XI were without a game and the third XI probably wished they were too after falling to a nine-wicket defeat at Alfreton.
Batting first, things looked fairly bright for Sandiacre with opener John Murfin at the crease, as his 78 helped Town to 98-3.
But once he was out, Sandiacre collapsed in dramatic fashion to eventually end up all out for just 120, no other batsman able to break into double figures.
Daniel Robbins was the main tormentor for Alfreton with five wickets.
The target proved little trouble for Alfreton to overcome, losing just one wicket in the process to see themselves home in the 36th over.