Sandiacre Town enjoyed a successful weekend as an emphatic league win on Saturday was followed up with progress to the Derbyshire Premier Cup Final on Sunday.
The league win over Marehay was as comprehensive as it was important, with Town still tailing Ockbrook & Borrowash in the chase for the league title.
Having won the toss and opted to bat first, Sandiacre lost James Chapman for ten but Mitch McCann (83) and Ollie Swann (40) helped take the score to 101 before Swann and then replacement Curtley Read were out in quick succession to leave the visitors 104-3.
McCann battled on and after Ben Ruhrmund departed for 18, McCann was the fifth wicket down, one of Richard Wood’s four victims.
Sandiacre struggled from then on and eventually were bowled out for 202.
Marehay started their reply fairly well but from 33-2 they would only add 13 more runs as wickets tumbled regularly.
Ryan McFadyean was their main tormentor, his highlight being a devastating hat-trick late on to remove Ben Gartside, Daniel Palmer and Wood and leave just one wicket remaining which was soon polished off by Marius Conway-Jones, who claimed the other three wickets. Marehay were all out for 46 inside 22 overs.
Sunday saw Sandiacre travel to Spondon in the Derbyshire Premier Cup Semi-Final and again they opted to bat first.
Once again, McCann stole the show with the bat as his superb 112 proved the catalyst for Sandiacre’s all out total of 253, Conway-Jones adding 48 and John Trueman 39 in support.
McCann then starred with the ball too, taking 4-41, although Spondon were agonisingly close to snatching a win.
Having been 137-7 at one point, James Richards and Dave Tittershill earned a 110-run partnership and came agonisingly close to securing a win - just six runs short before the overs ran out and Sandiacre earned a final against Ticknall at the ground of Alvaston & Boulton CC on Sunday, September 14.