Sandiacre remain top of the table

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Sandiacre Town remain top of the Derbyshire Premier League despite being unable to claim a victory at Ticknall on Saturday.

Their first draw of the season effectively saw off Ticknall’s own challenge for the title, but the 18 points gained was only four fewer than rivals Swarkestone who beat Alvaston & Boulton.

Sandiacre batted first and all was well early on, reaching 70 before James Chapman (26) became the first of Zain Abbas’s five victims.

Charlie Ault made 52 before his dismissal with the score on 100 signalled a worrying spell, with four more falling for only 35 runs scored to leave Town 135-6.

But Dan Wheeldon added some stability with a fine knock of 40, helped by fellow bowlers John Jordison (27) and Ryan McFeadyean (32), with Sandiacre eventually ending their 50 overs on 259-8.

Ticknall’s reply started very strongly with an opening stand of 107 between Luke Harvey and Paul Borrington, before both fell in quick succession, the latter to Jono Clare who would go on to take five of Ticknall’s wickets.

They ultimately fell well short but with four wickets in tact at 196-6, the visitors claiming the lion’s share of the points.

On Sunday, Town then progressed to the final of the Derbyshire Premier Cup with a six wicket win over Kimberley Institute at Longmoor Lane.

Batting first, Kimberley were in serious trouble early on, reduced to 8-4 by three wickets from Dan Wheeldon and another from John Jordison to get Sandiacre off to a flyer.

Stability came from the middle order but the visitors were eventually all out for 167, Dom Wheatley top scorer with 50.

In reply, Sandiacre again started well, with James Chapman and Charlie Ault’s opening stand of 94 ended when Ault was run out by Paul Riley for 41.

Oliver Swann followed soon afterwards and Chapman made 60 before he too was out, but John Jordison and Matt Gouldstone eventually helped Town over the line inside 42 overs to set up a final with either Ticknall or Chesterfield.