Rare weekend of woe for Sandiacre in league and national tourney

All-rounder John Jordison, who tried hard to get Sandiacre going in both matches at the weekend.
All-rounder John Jordison, who tried hard to get Sandiacre going in both matches at the weekend.

A rare weekend of woe for Sandciare Town saw them struggle against one of their main rivals for the league title and then crash out of the ECB National Club Championship.

On Saturday, defending champions and current tabletoppers Sandiacre were left hanging on to a losing draw by their fingernails at Spondon in the Premier Division of the Derbyshire County League.

And 24 hours later, they were beaten by Cuckney, of the Notts Premier League, in the Regional Group Three final of the prestigious national tournament, which culminates in a showdown at Lord’s.

Skipper Dan Wheeldon elected to bat, but his side slid from 85-2 to 117-7 after knocks of 49 (seven fours) from opener Scott McNeill and 29 from Dan Birch, and they were eventually dismissed for 162, despite later runs from John Jordison (45, four fours).

Not one other batsman could muster double figures as all six Cuckney bowlers cashed in with wickets, most notably Dan Brown (3-20 in eight overs).

Wheeldon (2-32) himself led a fightback as Sandiacre reduced the visitors’ reply to 30-3. But the tie was taken away from his team by a fourth-wicket stand worth 100 between Cuckney matchwinners Nick Langford (61) and Tom Ullyott (60).

The previous day, Spondon were removed for 201, with Jordison taking 5-48 and Robert Cook 3-61. But disappointingly, it proved enough as Sandiacre could only limp to 128-9 in reply, blown away by Chris Windmill (5-28 in 15 overs).