Sandiacre Town continued their good start to the season with a 134-run win over Alvaston and Boulton - giving them their second successive 27-point haul.
Play was delayed by around 45 minutes due to persistent drizzle with the game reduced to 44 overs for each side because of the time lost.
Having lost the toss and been put into bat Sandiacre’s total of 249-9 was largely built around a third wicket stand of 132 between John Trueman and Matt Gouldstone.
Having been reduced to 32-2 with the losses of James Chapman and Naveed Qureshi, Trueman and Gouldstone carefully began rebuilding the innings.
Despite the lack of boundaries Alvaston struggled to stem the flow of runs as Sandiacre kept the scoreboard ticking over with well run singles.
When Trueman was eventually out, caught and bowled by off-spinner Andy Gray for 83 from 104 balls, he’d hit only seven boundaries but given Sandiacre a great platform on which to post a big total.
Dan Wheeldon added 43 with Gouldstone for the fourth wicket, scoring 28 off 19 balls, with three maximums off the spin of Gray and Ben Perry-Taylor.
But fast bowler Adam Wheatcroft returned to dispose of Wheeldon immediately, before Gouldstone’s half century came up shortly afterwards, remarkably containing no boundaries.
In the pursuit of quick runs Sandiacre then lost quick wickets, as Gray and Wheatcroft continued to pick up reward for their perseverance.
Gray took a caught and bowled to get rid of the dangerous Ryan McFadyean and had John Jordison stumped by Tittershill either side of Wheatcroft ending Gouldstone’s vigil for 56 with a good yorker.
Dave Jordison and Rob Attwood took Wheatcroft’s final over and penultimate over of the innings for 20, sharing 3 sumptuous cover drives between them. It slightly ruined Wheatcroft’s figures who finished with 4-85 from his 13.
The final over saw Gray complete his five-wicket haul with the wickets of Attwood and Jono Clare, Gray returning figures of 5 for 71 from his allocation of 13.
Although Alvaston seemed a bit flat in the field, they would have fancied chasing the target of 250 for victory.
However, in McFadyean, Wheeldon and John Jordison, Sandiacre boast arguably the best seam attack in the league.
And it wasn’t long before they’d made inroads. McFadyean and Wheeldon had Chris McIlroy and Perry-Taylor dismissed early on, and despite Steve Stubbings putting in a good display to reach a quick 36, he was soon caught by McFadyean from the bowling of Wheeldon and the score was 68-3
Ant Woolley then edged Jordison to first slip where Trueman took a good catch low down, and from here it was a matter of survival for Alvaston.
Sandiacre brought the spin of Jono Clare into the attack and he soon took the wicket of Adnan, but at 96-5 there was still plenty of work for the Sandiacre bowlers to do.
But with Alvaston’s top order back in the shed, the lower order seemed rather directionless.
The last six wickets fell for just 19 runs, Jordison picking up five of them to end with impressive figures of 6-42 from 12 overs and secure Sandiacre the win with a comfortable margin.
There was disappointment for the second XI as they lost at home to newly promoted South Wingfield.
Having been reduced to 87-6, a stand of 93 from Mark Langford (53) and Adam Young (30) enabled South Wingfield to post a competitive 193 all out from their 46 overs.
Kev Newbold was the pick of the bowlers with 4-28 from 14.
Young then capped an all round good performance taking five wickets for 59 runs as Sandiacre fell 27 runs short.
Newbold did his best in hitting a run a ball 50 but when he was the last man out it handed South Wingfield the 27 points.