Sandiacre on form again to overcome Spondon

Sandiacre's Ollie Uffindall bats against Spondon on Saturday in a match the home side won by five wickets.
Sandiacre's Ollie Uffindall bats against Spondon on Saturday in a match the home side won by five wickets.

Sandiacre Town clipped Swarkestone’s lead at the top of the table to just five points following victory over Spondon at Longmoor Lane.

It was not vintage Sandiacre as they stuttered their way to 195 all out in 47.1 overs, but it proved more than enough with Spondon collapsing to 115 all out in response.

Charlie Ault (39) gave Sandiacre a brisk opening, the 50 coming up in just ten overs, but a double strike from Adam Burton (2-39) left the score on 68 for 2 after 13 overs.

The two Olivers, Swann (28) and Uffindall (38*), made good progress either side of the wicket of Chesney Hughes but a steady flow of wickets for Chris Windmill (3-38) and Joe Ashdown (4-41) kept the run-rate down and Spondon had every chance as the two sides took tea.

But their hopes lasted exactly the length of the tea break with Ryan McFadyean (1-43) and Dan Wheeldon (4-15) quickly reducing the visitors to 29 for 4.

Ollie Baum (31) added 41 for the fourth wicket with Sam Kellogg (17) but Spondon’s hopes effectively disappeared with Baum’s departure to Jono Clare (2-27), although Ben Gartside (28) battled strongly for three quarters of an hour in a valiant attempt to turn the tide.

But it was very much one-way traffic and Uffindall (3-18) rounded off an excellent personal performance by claiming the last three wickets.

l Sandiacre completed an excellent weekend’s work with victory in the first round of the Derbyshire Premier Cup on Sunday.

They were up against Nottinghamshire side Caythorpe who batted first, and Ryan McFadyean proved the visitors’ nemesis as a fine spell of 4 for 18 proved key.

He removed opener Josh Mierkalns early on and also incoming batsman Gurpej Landa, before mopping up the tail late in proceedings.

John Jordison (2-26), Ollie Uffindall (2-41), Dan Wheeldon (1-25) and John Trueman (1-23) helped with the remaining wickets.

Sandiacre passed their target with just five wickets lost, James Chapman out just short of a half century and Charlie Ault, Oliver Swann and Uffindall also making useful contributions.

l Sandiacre’s second XI were too strong at Belper Meadows on Saturday.

They bowled the hosts out for just 110, with three wickets each for Adam Fearnley, Dave Jordison and Gareth Goodall.

The target was passed inside 29 overs and for the loss of five wickets, Matt Swann top scoring with 32 as Sandiacre earned victory.

The third XI’s game at home to Codnor was called off due to a waterlogged surface.