Sandiacre maintain their title challenge

Marius Conway-Jones took a good haul of wickets against Lullington Park.
Marius Conway-Jones took a good haul of wickets against Lullington Park.
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Sandiacre Town maintained their title chase at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League with a win at Lullington Park on Saturday.

Town are 13 points behind Ockbrook & Borrowash with 15 games played, the leaders having won at Spondon.

Sandiacre skipper Dan Wheeldon won the toss at Edingale Lane and inserted Lullington Park into bat, a decision that paid off early on as Wheeldon himself had opener Jonathan Shales caught by James Chapman for a duck to give Town the perfect start.

Richard Green and Andrew Goodwin progressed the score to 38-1 until Goodwin and then Martin Walters both fell to deliveries by Ryan McFadyean, Goodwin out LBW and Walters bowled with only his second ball.

Green steadied the ship this time with Matt Sanderson before falling for 45, the first of Marius Conway-Jones’ four victims as he found the hands of Andy Rhodes.

Two quick wickets fell just after Lullington passed the century mark, Sanderson and Tom Caron both out to Conway-Jones with Rob Cook and Chapman taking the catches.

Lullington still had runs in them but would ultimately be bowled out for 160 despite Joe Cain’s useful unbeaten 33, Conway-Jones taking 4-39, McFadyean 3-31 and Wheeldon 3-47.

Sandiacre’s reply was based on a fine opening stand of 117 by Chapman and Mitch McCann, the duo making 50 and 65 respectively before being bowled out either side of Ollie Swann’s exit for just four runs.

Curtley Read came in at number four to help Sandiacre over the line in the 36th over, his unbeaten 20 aided by minor roles from Cook and Rhodes to give his side the comfortable victory.

Sandiacre’s seconds remain comfortably in mid-table despite losing by 59 runs at home to Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.

Aston won the toss and opted to bat first with an opening stand of 83 between Abdula Habib and Fahim Shabbir finally ended when Dave Jordison had Habib caught by Matt Shuttleworth for 52.

Shabbir soon followed after being stumped by keeper Bill Anderson, again from a Jordison delivery, before Anthony Taylor began a fine display with the ball by taking the first of his seven wickets for 36 as he removed Amir Sohail with the score on 95.

Aston went on to score steadily but without any particularly high scores, Ahsan Matoob’s unbeaten 28 the highlight as they eventually were bowled out for 195, Jordison finishing with 3-34 alongside Taylor’s seven-wicket haul.

Sandiacre lost Ally Leek early on and never really got going once Jordison was out for 15 with the score on 40.

Shuttleworth came in at number six to offer some fight with a half century but with five batsmen out for single figures it would never be enough and they were all out for 136 in the 37th over.

Sandiacre’s thirds had to make do with a winning draw at Selston Town.

Sandiacre made 223-9 from their 46 overs with opener Richard Burne the top scorer on 68.

Selston never looked likely to get near the target but managed to hold out with two wickets to spare and end on 151-8, Jordan Standring’s 5-33 the highlight.

On Friday, Sandiacre’s firsts were beaten in the final of the 20:20 OJ Jackson Cup at Denby by Spondon.

Sandiacre scored 133-8, Mitch McCann with 36 and John Jordison an unbeaten 33, but Spondon lost just two wickets in reply with Josh Brear’s 68 not out proving key, although they only secured the win with five balls to spare.