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Sandiacre continue march towards title

Ryan McFadyean took four wickets to help Sandiacre to victory.
Ryan McFadyean took four wickets to help Sandiacre to victory.

Sandiacre Town remain on the road to sealing the Derbyshire Premier League title after beating Alvaston & Boulton at the Raygar Arena on Saturday.

Town are 44 points clear of second-placed Swarkestone with five games to go and bottom-of-the-table Dunstall their next scheduled opponents this weekend.

Sandiacre skipper Dan Wheeldon won the toss and put the hosts into bat but a fine opening stand of 115 between Steve Stubbings and Chris McIlroy put A&B well on their way until Stubbings was Rob Cook’s first victim for 69, caught by Gareth Curtis.

Tom Knight (5) and McIlroy (49) were both out lbw to Ryan McFadyean in quick succession to leave A&B 145-4 and that quickly became 167-7 as Cook and McFadyean took two more wickets each, the hosts eventually closing out their 50 overs on 191-7 after a steady wag from the tail.

McFadyean claimed 4-49 and Cooke 3-53.

A feature of many of Sandiacre’s wins this season has been strong opening partnerships between Curtis and James Chapman and another strong showing put them on their way to victory here.

They’d scored 131 between them before Chapman was first to fall when caught by Knight off Colin Griggs’ bowling, Curtis following soon afterwards as Knight this time was the bowler and had Curtis caught by Hamid Quadri, Curtis having scored 60 and Chapman 65.

Ollie Swann took the lead in partnership with Ben Ruhrmund, the latter falling for just one run to leave Sandiacre 161-3 and then Cook falling soon afterwards for 11.

But Swann progressed to an unbeaten 36 with Curtley Read assisting him over the line as Sandiacre took the victory in the 44th over and with just four wickets down to maintain their commanding lead at the top of the table.