Sandiacre Town’s disappointing second-half of the 2013 campaign continued with a struggle at Eckington who continue to battle hard to preserve their hard-won Premier League status.
Eckington were asked to bat first at a cloudy and damp Staveley Lane and were soon in trouble, Ryan McFadyean (2-38) and Dan Wheeldon (3-47) reducing the hosts to 44 for 3.
Steven Nicholas (42) had managed to weather the storm and was joined by Aussie Kyle Heyns (53) and together they moved steadily to 71 for 3.
John Jordison (3-30) put the Eckington recovery on hold, however, with the wickets of Nicholas (eight fours) and Lewis Staniforth and the hosts had to rebuild once more from 86 for 5.
Skipper Tom Dawson (18) joined Heyns to take the innings into three figures but the defining partnership was between Heyns and Danny State (20) which added 39 crucial runs for the eighth wicket and enabled Eckington to reach a fairly respectable 174 for 9, Dan Wheeldon also collecting three wickets.
Early wickets were the key for Eckington after the break and they got them thanks to Dawson and the ever-impressive Heyns (5-33).
Sandiacre were reeling on 9 for 3 and Heyns’ third wicket, that of Ally Leek, left the reply languishing on 24 for 4.
Adam Leonard (2-17) strengthened Eckington’s grip with his first wicket to remove Ollie Swann and, at 57 for 5, the home side sensed a chance of recording what would be an important third win of the season.
But they were to be thwarted in their quest by Jordison (40) and McFadyean (40) who joined forces to add 64 vital runs for the sixth wicket before Heyns struck for a fourth time.
Another couple of quick wickets fell, to Leonard and a fifth for Heyns, but Jono Clare (11*) stayed calm and Sandiacre ended the day on 141 for 8.
For details on Sandiacre second XI’s draw against Nutbrook, see page 44.
The third XI fell to defeat away at Ashover having batted first.
Things started well for Sandiacre with openers Chris Attwood (34) and Richard Burne (47) making 65 for the first wicket before Attwood was out off the bowling of John Green.
Replacement Josh Standring fell immediately afterwards but Burne helped the score on to 89 before he was third out, again to Green.
Only Jordan Standring’s 25 would add any further bulk to the total, Sandiacre ending 130-7 - one of the wickets taken by former Ilkeston FC captain Russell Cooke.
Cooke then top scored for Ashover in their reply, opening with 34 before being caught and bowled by Josh Standring.
But the target was reached with four wickets remaining, the Standring clan (Josh, Jordan and Paul) taking five of the six wickets.