Victory puts Town top of the league

Dan Wheeldon took four wickets as Sandiacre overcame Swarkestone to go top of the league.
Dan Wheeldon took four wickets as Sandiacre overcame Swarkestone to go top of the league.

Sandiacre are top of the Derbyshire Premier League after edging to a 15-run victory at Swarkestone on Saturday, a result which saw the hosts toppled from the summit.

In a surprisingly low-scoring encounter, Town had their bowlers to thank after only posting 126 from their innings, the win leaving them seven points clear of second placed Spondon with Swarkestone now dropping to third.

Swarkestone won the toss and put Sandiacre into bat but Gareth Curtis and James Chapman began well, taking the score along to 44 before Chapman fell for 20.

Things never really recovered for the visitors after that. Ollie Swann lasted just four balls before being bowled by Michael Beer for a duck and Marius Conway-Jones followed in a similar fashion to the same bowler to leave Town 53-3.

Rob Cook became Beer’s third victim soon afterwards as he found the hands of Jake Needham having scored just two, and when Andy Rhodes fell first ball to give Beer his fourth quick wicket Sandiacre were in all sorts of trouble at 61-5.

Curtis was battling on and his innings of 47 proved key as Curtley Read also fell cheaply, caught behind by Tom Poynton off the bowling of Garry Park who then finally ended Curtis’s resistance by sending his bails flying to leave Sandiacre on 110-7.

Alistair Leek hit three fours in a swift 19 but his departure on 110 soon signalled an end to the innings, Dan Wheeldon and John Jordison adding eight each as the visitors finished on 126 all out.

Swarkestone will have fancied overhauling the target but just two balls had been bowled when opener Jamie Guthrie was caught behind by Read off Wheeldon’s bowling and the home side were a man down before a run had been scored.

Chris Durham and Tom Hamilton steadied the ship a little before Hamilton departed in a similar fashion to Guthrie, then replacement Poynton departed for a duck with Wheeldon again the bowler.

Wheeldon was in fine form and also saw off Garry Park to eventually end with 4-45, Durham run out for 31 soon afterwards to leave Swarkestone struggling on 51-5.

Luke Lacey didn’t fare much better as Jordison bowled him for four, Read taking his third catch to then give Jordison his second wicket as Needham fell for a quick 17 and the hosts were 73-7.

Harry White smacked two fours and a six to give Swarkestone some hope before he became the first of Ryan McFadyean’s three victims as he mopped up the tail, Beer’s unbeaten 13 not enough to see the hosts through as Lewis Hearne and Bruce Dilks fell cheaply to McFadyean give him 3-29 and see Sandiacre home inside 35 overs.

Sandiacre will host Alvaton & Boulton at Longmoor Lane this weekend before then competing in the Derbyshire Premier T20 competition on Bank Holiday Monday, their semi-final with Chesterfield determining who will face Swarkestone or Rolleston later that day in the Group B final.

For details of Sandiacre second XI’s draw at home to Nutbrook, see page 49.

Sandiacre’s third XI were well beaten at Clowne Town by 83 runs.

Clowne won the toss and elected to bat which proved a good decision as Ben Lodge smacked an unbeaten 91 to help his side to 204-5 from their 46 overs, Paul Linacre’s 32 and Matt Linacre’s 33 also helping the cause. Jordan Halford and Tom Rigby took two wickets each.

Sandiacre’s reply never looked like threatening Clowne’s total despite 47 from opener Iain Murfin.

Only two other players reached double figures as Sandiacre desperately tried to salvage a draw, Ashley Brown with 17 and Scott Parker 14, as the visitors were eventually bowled out in the 38th over for 121, Steve Bennett their main tormentor as he took 6-17.