Sandiacre stunned by Swarkestone

Sandiacre bowler Dan Wheeldon took three wickets but it was all in vain as Swarkestone won comfortably.
Sandiacre bowler Dan Wheeldon took three wickets but it was all in vain as Swarkestone won comfortably.

Swarkestone took over at the top of the Derbyshire Premier League following victory in a match of fluctuating fortunes against reigning champions Sandiacre Town at Barrow Turn.

It was Garry Park who finally turned the match in Swarkestone’s favour, grabbing a superb 5 for 19 as Sandiacre crashed in reply from a healthy 91 for 3 to a disappointing 99 all out.

The early exchanges went Sandiacre’s way, however, with Dan Wheeldon (3-56) and Andy Marlow (3-28) instrumental in reducing the home side to a sorry 78 for 7.

This was in spite of a battling 26 from Alex Hughes but salvation, to a point, was to come in the shape of Jamie Guthrie (37*) and Mike Scott (20) who added 32 for the eighth wicket, not the highest partnership of the day but perhaps the most crucial.

Matt Sanderson then helped Guthrie add 25 for the ninth wicket, the latter remaining unbeaten at the end with Swarkestone seemingly short of runs at 146 all out.

Sandiacre were soon to discover that there was plenty of work needing to be done before victory of any sort could even be hinted at.

Hughes (3-25) sent the first three batsmen back to the pavilion soon after the restart but one of these, namely Jack Anderson, had 24 to his name and the visitors had at least made a start on 46 for 3.

Anderson’s application had shown the way and Ollie Uffindall (17) and Andy Rhodes (35), the latter not hanging back, put on 45 for the fourth wicket in quick time to give their side the upper hand.

It was Rhodes’ dismissal to Tom Knight (2-4) that began the slide, Uffindall falling a few balls later to Park and only another eight runs were added as wickets quickly tumbled.

Things weren’t much better for the first XI on Sunday when they visited West Indian Cavaliers in the ECB National Club Championship.

The home side were all out for 238, Bilal Shafayat the main tormentor with an excellent 137, Jay Harper the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 50.

But Sandiacre once again failed to hit three figures in reply, falling well short as they were bowled out for just 68.

Only Ollie Uffindall reached anything like a reasonable score with an unbeaten 32, but all others fell around him for single figure scores as the visitors crashed to a comprehensive defeat.

Whatever was in the water that affected the first XI, also seemed to bring the second XI down too, as they also fell to a humiliating loss against Cutthorpe.

Sandiacre were all out for just 45 runs, Ben Ruhrmund top scoring with 17 and four of the batting line-up returning to the pavilion without a run to their names.

Cutthorpe had little trouble knocking off the required runs, openers Rob Plested and Nigel Kingham doing it all themselves in just seven overs to complete the ten-wicket success.

Sandiacre’s third XI rescued some club pride as they won at Ambergate.

John Murfin (38) and Josh Standring (40) top scored as the visitors made 170-6 from their innings.

Ambergate were then bowled out for 134, Anthony Taylor (4-43) and Paul Standring (4-17) bowling well.