Wheeldon rips through Rolleston in Town win

Dan Wheeldon was in great form as Sandiacre Town romped to victory at Rolleston on Saturday.
Dan Wheeldon was in great form as Sandiacre Town romped to victory at Rolleston on Saturday.

Sandiacre Town went to the top of the Derbyshire Premier League with a resounding 137-run victory at Rolleston on Saturday.

The defending champions were in fine form to dispose of struggling Rolleston who currently sit in the relegation places.

Rolleston captain Richard Green won the toss and opted to put Sandiacre in to bat - a decision that looked inspired early on.

Opener Scott McNeill (3) was Alex Brown’s only victim to leave Sandiacre 7-1, then it was 32-2 as Dan Birch was caught behind by the skipper Green to depart for 13.

However, McNeill’s fellow opener Gareth Curtis was standing firm and hitting boundaries at regular intervals, a fine innings seeing him carry his bat to finish 93 not out.

Others fell around him at fairly regular intervals, indeed Rob Cook (17) and Bill Anderson (12) both fell cheaply to leave Sandiacre 94-4 at one point.

But John Jordison came in at six to knuckle down and hit four fours and a six in his 34 before being bowled by Tom Bailey, the same bowler producing the same outcome to remove captain Dan Wheeldon but not before he’d hit a dynamic 39.

Sandiacre eventually closed on 231-7 from their 50 overs, Bailey chief wicket taker with 3 for 85, Graham Dent taking 2 for 65 and a wicket each for Jason Niemand and Brown.

With Wheedon and Jordison having both batted well it was perhaps apt that they would be the pair that would destroy the Rolleston batting order.

Wheeldon had skipper Gareth Marshall out lbw from the second ball of the innings and the hosts were never to recover.

They fell to 14-3 as Wheeldon ripped through the top order, and he then proceeded to take the next three wickets as well as he eventually ended with figures of 6 for 45 from his 13 overs.

Jordison went about his business with the minumum of fuss too, mopping up the tail to take 4 for 15 and seal the win the 28th over.

Alex Britton was the only Rolleston batsman to show much sign of sticking around and would go on to finish 34 not out, but his team-mates had no answer to the onslaught provided by Wheeldon and Jordison as Town romped to the victory in style.