Rain intervenes to aid Sandiacre’s cause

Sandiacre bowler Jono Clare sends down a delivery at Denby on Saturday
Sandiacre bowler Jono Clare sends down a delivery at Denby on Saturday

The weather won the day at Denby on Saturday with visitors, and reigning champions, Sandiacre Town just managing to stave off an early season defeat.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field and Ryan McFadyean (2-41) was quickly into his stride.

Aussie Cameron Bancroft was back in the pavilion with only 25 and Alexander Eyre was not far behind despite a spritely run-a-ball innings on 35.

A good partnership was needed although the constant threat of rain did nothing to help Denby’s cause, and it came in the shape of Michael Mitchell (40) and Peter Burgoyne (79).

The latter dominated, cracking 79 in just 91 balls, and 124 useful runs were added but John Jordison (3-57) hit back as Denby went in search of late runs.

Danny Burgoyne (23*) helped that search but Denby finished betwixt and between on 215 for 6.

After the break James Chapman and Andy Rhodes (24) added 41 comfortable runs for first wicket and a tight finish looked the most likely outcome, but a double strike from Peter Burgoyne (5-35) left Sandiacre reeling and Fraser Kirk (2-53) then added to Sandiacre’s woes with a double strike of his own.

Matters did not improve from 64 for 4 as Burgoyne continued to cause problems and the wickets of Ollie Uffindall, Dan Wheeldon and Jordison left the scoreboard showing a perilous 82 for 7.

It was here that Jack Anderson (18*) and McFadyean dug themselves in and the visitors were able to safely see out the remaining overs.

Anderson thwarted the Denby attack for no fewer than 51 deliveries and McFadyean’s innings of two spanned a defiant 48 balls.

Sandiacre eventually closed on 110 for 8 after 34 overs.

The first XI had better luck in their opening National Club Championship tie at Papplewick & Linby on Sunday, winning by 36 runs.

Batting first, Sandiacre hit 234-7, James Chapman and Jack Anderson with 68 and 58 respectively.

The hosts were then bowled out for 188, John Jordison, Chapman and Jono Clare with two wickets each.

The second XI overcame Tutbury having bowled them out for just 120, Kev Newbold taking four wickets and Jay Harper and Michael Noble three each.

The target was passed in 25 overs, Ben Ruhrmund’s 41 playing a key role.

Like the firsts, Sandiacre’s third XI played at Denby and also saw their game abandoned.

Sandiacre made 183-3 from their 46 overs, largely helped by Chris Attwood’s 79 and Ashley Brown’s 51.

Denby had progressed to 89-2 before the rain came with 12 overs to spare and forced the game to end.