Sandiacre Town got over a tricky start to eventually overcome struggling Matlock at Longmoor Lane on Saturday and move back into second place in the league.
Batting first, Matlock found a groove right from the off and openers James Smith and Kevin Leatherday made 103 between them before Smith was caught by Dan Wheeldon off James Chapman’s bowling having just made it to his half century.
Chapman then bowled Smith’s replacement Chris Fletcher for a duck, but Leatherday and Drage Thompson then helped the score to 184 before Leatherday was finally dismissed for 79, caught by Ryan McFadyean from Jono Clare’s bowling, and Thompson went for 47 when he was caught behind from Ollie Uffindall’s delivery.
Matlock comfortably survived their 50 overs but runs dried up after Thompson’s dismissal, their final total of 231 helped by Drew Mullaney’s unbeaten 22.
Clare, Chapman and Uffindall ended with two wickets each.
Sandiacre’s reply took a while to get going and at one point they were 81-3 having lost Chapman for 28, Ben Ruhrmund for ten and Ollie Swann for 25.
But Jack Anderson and Uffindall would prove tough nuts to crack and the score moved on to 178 before Anderson was out for 61, caught behind off Peter Camm’s bowling.
Uffindall would remain to the end with 65 not out, Wheeldon (13) and McFadyean (12) helping him out until Clare’s assistance saw Sandiacre over the line with nine balls to spare, sealing the 22 points.
Despite the victory, Sandiacre remain 61 points behind runaway leaders Swarkestone, who look as if they may well be uncatchable. The two sides meet on August 17.
Sandiacre’s second XI had a torrid day as they fell by nine wickets at South Wingfield, whose bowler Nick Gill took a hat-trick on his way to claiming 7 for 12.
Sandiacre batted first but never got going, eventually being bowled out for just 106.
George Domleo was their best performer with 45 but nobody around him could make an impact, Gill destroying much of the order.
Despite Jay Harper taking the wicket of opener Sam Colclough with just three runs on the board, Andrew Lowe (34) and Chris Dunn (65) took care of the rest on their own and saw South Wingfield home inside 20 overs, the pair finding the boundary 20 times between them to seal an emphatic win.
The third XI suffered disappointment too as they lost by 34 runs against Chesterfield Barbarians.
Hosts Chesterfield were all out for 141, Matthew Pavis (4-31) and Ashley Brown (3-52) the main destroyers.
But Sandiacre fell short in reply, Pavis (26) and Allan Clarke (29) top scoring as they were all out for 105, Sam Lawson taking five wickets and Malc Straw four.