Rampant Ryan proves catalyst to Town victory

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South African Ryan McFadyean took seven wickets as Sandiacre underlined produced a crushing victory over Lullington Park.

McFadyean’s haul was aided by similar quality from Dan Wheeldon and some indifferent batting from the home side, who only managed their lowest ever Premier League total of 68.

Even this was something of a recovery from 36 for 8 in an innings containing six ducks.

Both McFadyean and Wheeldon bowled straight, as evidenced by the fact that six batsmen were bowled and three were adjudged LBW.

Wheeldon, the Sandiacre captain took the first three - Andrew Goodwin, Jonny Shales and Richard Green - at a cost of only two runs. McFadyean then dismissed the rest.

Only Sam Eaton seemed confident, mixing solid defence with controlled aggression.

Going in at number five with the score on 12 for 3 he hit three fours and two sixes and remained unbeaten on 30.

George Chapman at number ten was the only one who stayed with him, putting on 32 for the ninth wicket before being bowled by McFadyean. Seventeen extras helped boost the meagre total.

There was no hint of what was to come when Shales won the toss and put Sandiacre into bat.

Gagan Singh and Richard Lewis found some sideways movement but James Chapman and Charlie Ault looked in no serious trouble adding 45 for the first wicket before being out caught behind by Richard Green standing up to Singh.

No Sandiacre batsman passed fifty but there were solid contributions from Ault (32), Ollie Swann (36), Ollie Uffindall (41) and Daniel Tucker (30).

Tucker and Swann looked particularly impressive, stroking five boundaries apiece with classic shots on each side of the wicket.

Graham Dent, Paul Dawson and George Chapman took two wickets each as Sandiacre ended on 246-9.

But the visitors then took hold of the ball and destroyed their hosts to make their way into second spot in the Premier League table.

Sandiacre fell just short in Sunday’s Premier T20 finals day at Ockbrook.

Sandiacre opened proceedings against hosts Ockbrook & Borrowash and only just overcame their opponents, winning the semi-final on the penultimate ball in chasing the target of 131.

That set up a final against Chesterfield who had beaten Swarkestone in their semi-final.

Batting first, James Chapman and Ollie Uffindall both hit half centuries as Town accumulated 164-5, Charlie Ault also adding useful runs with 24.

But Chesterfield had openers James Pipe and Ben Slater to thank for the majority of their runs, an opening stand of 89 proving key before Pipe was out for 61.
Paul Burdett added 35 alongside Slater and Chesterfield passed their target with three overs to spare.