South African star Ryan McFadyean took six wickets as Sandiacre Town overcame reigning champions Swarkestone by six wickets on Saturday.
The win at Longmoor Lane saw Sandiacre leapfrog their opponents into second place at the halfway point of the season, with Town now just four points behind leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash.
Sandiacre skipper Dan Wheeldon won the toss and put Swarkestone into bat.
That proved a key decision as Wheeldon and McFadyean proved a nightmare for Swarkestone to deal with.
It took little time for the visitors to be 25-4, openers Jamie Guthrie and Chris Durham both out cheaply, as were Garry Park and Ian Hamilton - Wheeldon and McFadyean taking two of those key top four wickets each.
Jake Needham would be key to Swarkestone not collapsing completely, his 35 proving crucial but others falling around him meaning at 50-7 his side were in deep trouble.
McFadyean and Wheeldon continued to share the wickets, eventually ending with 6 for 41 and 4 for 48 respectively, indeed the only other bowler used was John Jordison and he would only offer a single over as Swarkestone were bowled out for 103, Sam Stuart having helped Needham move the score along before the pair were the last two men to be out.
Sandiacre’s reply didn’t get off to the best of starts as opener Mitch McCann was out for just 10 and the score was 13-1.
Garry Park and Mike Scott produced a double act on three of Town’s four wickets, one catching from the other’s delivery on each of the first three before Scott removed Rob Cook for a duck.
By then the damage had been done as James Chapman and Ollie Swann added 62 for the second wicket which helped Sandiacre towards their target.
Swann went for 31 and then Chapman for 36 but Andy Rhodes’ swift cameo of 20 helped Sandiacre over the line in the 21st over for 22 valuable points.
The two sides were then due to meet again in the Derbyshire Premier Cup on Sunday but the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled and they will reconvene at Longmoor Lane on Sunday (6th) for another attempt.
Sandiacre’s second XI maintained their mid-table spot in Division Two by comfortably beating bottom-of-the-table Trentside on Saturday.
Sandiacre won the toss and elected to bowl first, a decision that paid off immediately with Trentside’s first three wickets falling for just six runs, Jay Harper removing Chris Lowe (caught by keeper Iain Murfin) and Joe Bassett (bowled) and skipper Gareth Goodall seeing off Lewis Brown, the catch taken by Ben Ruhrmund.
The introduction of Richard Lonsdale gave Trentside some impetus and he would help progress the score to 30 before being bowled by Anthony Taylor, but Dale Winson would prove Trentside’s main hope as he hit an unbeaten 49 while others fell around him - four of them for no score as Trentside were at one point 47-9 until Winson took matters into his own hands.
Trentside were eventually all out for 89 in the 33rd over, Taylor ending with 4-31, Kev Newbold 3-22, Harper 2-18 and Goodall 1-10.
Sandiacre lost four wickets in reply but rarely looked in any major trouble, although it took Dave Jordison’s unbeaten 28 to see them home after they had been reduced to 43-3 at one point, the target reached in the 31st over.
For details of the third XI’s victory over Erewash rivals Ilkeston Rutland seconds, see the Rutland round-up on page 51.