Ruthless Sandiacre Town shone with both and ball to rout Rolleston and strengthen their challenge for the Premier Division title in the Derbyshire County League.
Both Bill Anderson and Jack Anderson fired half-centuries as Sandiacre built a terrific total of 258-6 in their allotted 50 overs. And then bowler Ryan McFadyean raced in with a five-wicket haul to help skittle Rolleston for 140 and cement second spot in the table for Dan Wheeldon’s troops, who are just 14 points behind leaders Swarkestone with nine games to play.
Put into bat, Sandiacre didn’t find it plain sailing initially. Indeed they slid to 30-3 as the visitors’ effective new-ball bowler Alex Brown (2-35 in 15 overs) accounted for opener Gareth Curtis and dangerman Dan Birch, while Curtley Read also fell cheaply at the other end.
However, they recovered in the hands of their middle-order batsmen. A partnership worth 84 for the fourth wicket between Robert Cook (44, one six and five fours) and Bill Anderson launched the recovery. And then the latter put on 87 for the fifth wicket with Jack Anderson that took the hosts past the 200-mark. Bill struck 66, including one six and six fours, while Jack made 50, including five boundaries. The momentum was maintained to the end by Wheeldon, who blasted four sixes and two fours in a breezy, unbeaten 33 off only 15 balls.
Rolleston made a solid start to their reply as skipper Gareth Marshall (21, three fours) and fellow opener Richard Green shared 28 for the first wicket before Muhammad Zaroob helped the score to 54-1. But once McFadyean got amongst them, Sandiacre were firmly on the road to victory.
The paceman bowled Green, trapped Zaroob lbw and then had Marshall caught before first-change John Jordison got in on the act with two wickets in quick succession. By the time Wheeldon (2-62 in 14 overs) had removed Kobus Scholtz for 11, Rolleston had plunged to 71-6, which quickly became 71-7 when Jordison (3-33 in nine overs) struck again.
The inevitable outcome was held up only by a defiant knock of 38no (seven fours) from number eight bat Ben Liversage. But when McFadyean returned, he cleaned up the tail to finish with figures of 5-26 from 12.5 overs.