Weather denies Sandiacre’s hopes

Sandiacre 2nd XI bowler Jay Harper sends down a delivery against Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.
Sandiacre 2nd XI bowler Jay Harper sends down a delivery against Wirksworth & Middleton on Saturday.

Title-chasing Sandiacre Town had to be content with a haul of just nine points after their match at home to Spondon was cut short by rain.

The match had already been reduced to one of 40 overs per side but Spondon’s reply was just 5.5 overs old when a much more heavy, and prolonged, shower brought play to a premature end.

After being put in to bat, Sandiacre made good early progress through James Chapman (26) and Ollie Uffindall (61) who put on 68 for the first wicket in the first 19 overs.

The next 13 overs saw a further 58 added for the second wicket, Ollie Swann (34) maintaining the tempo, and Sandiacre were well set for a final onslaught from the last eight overs or so.

Waseem Fazal (3-53) had other ideas, however, and the run-chase faltered at first as his three wicket burst left the home side on 158 for 5 with just three overs to go.

But up stepped John Jordison (28*) and no fewer than 33 runs were blitzed from the final 18 balls, the Sandiacre all-rounder hitting two sixes and a four during his brief 13-ball cameo.

But the heavens opened 22 minutes into Spondon’s reply and eventually umpires Connor and Price were left with no option but to abandon the match.

Leaders Swarkestone overcame Eckington so extended their lead at the top of the table to 26 points.

Sandiacre’s second XI had better luck with the weather as they overcame Wirksworth & Middleton’s first XI in Division Two.

Batting first, Sandiacre struggled to get going and were all out for just 116, Nasif Shah taking 3 for 20 and Stephen Lowe 5-24 as no Sandiacre batsman was able to put together a strong innings.

But the same could be said for much of the home side’s team as they were in turn bowled out for only 85 to give Sandiacre the victory by 31 runs.

Mark Jefferiss’ 31 was the best effort in the batting line-up as Sandiacre produced the goods, particularly Anthony Fearnley (3-11) and Paul Standring (4-24).

Sandiacre’s third XI were out of action with scheduled visitors Pilsley having withdrawn from Division Five North earlier in the season.