Sandiacre win but drop a place

Sandiacre Town dropped off the top of the Derbyshire Premier League on Saturday, despite recording a comprehensive victory over hosts Denby.

Sandiacre took 22 points from the eight-wicket victory but Swarkestone’s maximum-points win over Ticknall means they now hold a four-point lead at the top of the table, with seven games remaining.

Dan Wheeldon won the toss for Sandiacre and decided to field first.

Denby were then bowled out for 147 in 49.2 overs with Andrew Marlow the main destroyer with the ball, recording fine figures of 6-35 from 13 overs.

The situation could have been worse for Denby as one stage they had slumped to 65-6 but Sandiacre must nevertheless have been confident that the total was well within their grasp.

And so it proved as they knocked off the required runs for the loss of just two wickets, in the 36th over.

James Chapman was dismissed in the early stages of the reply but Charlie Ault (40), Chesney Hughes (60 not out) and John Trueman (36 not out) saw them home without too many alarms.

Then, on Sunday, Sandiacre booked their place in the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Premier Cup, defeating Ockbrook and Borrowash by six wickets.

Hughes scored an unbeaten 68 while Dan Wheeldon had earlier taken 4-43.