Sandiacre Town remain well in charge at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League - although they may have the rain to thank for not being beaten by Swarkestone on Saturday.
The leaders were in a degree of trouble at 38-4 in pursuit of Swarkestone’s 205 when downpours put paid to the remainder of the game, Sandiacre taking ten points to Swarkestone’s 12 from the encounter.
It all means Town are 29 points clear of second-placed Spondon with six games still to play.
Sandiacre skipper Dan Wheeldon won the toss at Longmoor Lane and put the visitors into bat, Wheeldon proceeding to then take the first wicket as Chris Durham found the hands of James Chapman with the score on 16.
Tom Hamilton followed in similar fashion off Ryan McFadyean’s bowling to leave Swarkestone 41-2, Wheeldon striking again to have Garry Park caught behind by Curtley Read and the visitors were 63-3 with Durham, Hamilton and Park all having departed for single figures.
Opener Jake Needham, however, was patiently building a good innings and when Lewis Hearne became John Jordison’s first victim for 11, caught by Wheeldon, Needham was Jordison’s second when clean bowled for 46.
That left Swarkestone 97-5 but Wayne White would prove Sandiacre’s nemesis for much of the rest of the innings.
He stood strong to hit seven fours and a six in a confident 71, Jamie Guthrie (21) and Matt Goodacre (9) falling alongside him before White fell to the Jordison/Wheeldon combination to be the last wicket to fall with the score on 204, the innings closing soon afterwards on 205-8.
The threatening clouds always looked likely to have an effect on the game at some point although Sandiacre had got themselves in all sorts of trouble in chasing their target.
Chapman fell for just four runs with the score on 17 before a collapse saw Gareth Curtis (16), Ollie Swann (6) and Rob Cooke (1) all depart with just one run separating the wickets.
Once Cook fell the rain arrived and with Sandiacre at 38-4 and just 19 overs bowled, it was perhaps with some relief that no further play was able to take place.
For details on Sandiacre second XI’s game at Nutbrook, see page 53.
The third XI played host to Clowne Town and a superb innings from Jake Trembling saw them made 249-2 from their 46 overs, Trembling’s unbeaten 107 (10 fours, two sixes) also aided by an impressive 76 from Gareth Goodall (six fours, four sixes)
But in line with many other games across the county, the rain came along to ruin any hopes of an outcome, Clowne having lost three early wickets, all clean bowled by Anthony Taylor, to be 19-3 before the game was abandoned.