Sandiacre Town were one of the few sides in Derbyshire to play during a rain-hit fixture list on Saturday and claimed a winning draw away at Alfreton.
The game was reduced to 25 overs a side, in which the visitors made 172 all out before Alfreton replied with 95-6 to avoid defeat.
Asked to bat first, Sandiacre got off to a quick start, racing to 28 before the first wicket fell, that of James Chapman at the hands of Callum Spencer.
Spencer (4-35) then had the visitors wobbling as he took three further wickets, those of Mitch McCann (9), Andy Rhodes (7) and Ollie Swann (19), to leave the score on 61-4 and Sandiacre needing to rebuild.
Robert Cook and Dan Wheeldon did just that, ensuring the next wicket didn’t fall until the score had reached 95, when the latter was caught on the boundary for 20 off Andy Gwatkin.
Gwatkin then got his second in quick succession as Sandiacre fell to 92-6 and Alfreton were confident they could reduce the visitors to a total that they could chase.
Cook (42) and John Trueman (30 off 17 balls) had other ideas though, as some lower order hitting got Sandiacre up to 172 off just 24.2 overs.
In reply, Anthony Mosca and Gwatkin started strongly until pace duo Wheeldon and Ryan McFadyean got in amongst the Alfreton top order.
Wheeldon (2-29) and McFadyean (3-20) shared the first five wickets between them as the home side fell to 39-5.
Captain Alex Mace (39) and Elliot Savidge (18*) secured Alfreton the losing draw, one which looked unlikely after the first five wickets had fallen early on.
Cook (1-16) claimed the other Alfreton wicket.
Next up for Sandiacre is a top-of-the-table clash at home to current leaders Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday.
Sandiacre’s second and third XIs saw their respective matches against Alrewas and Belper Amateurs cancelled on Saturday due to waterlogged pitches.
On Sunday, Sandiacre followed up their league exploits from the day before with a comfortable win in the Premier T20 Group C semi-final at Quarndon.
Quarndon opted to bat first but no batsman would score more than 15 runs, indeed nine would only clock up single figures as Sandiacre’s bowlers ran the show.
The wickets were spread throughout the bowling attack, Wheeldon with 2-8, Matt Newbold 1-19, McFadyean 2-4, Cook 2-7 and John Jordison 2-13 as the home side were bowled out for just 57.
The target proved little problem for Sandiacre to reach and they did so in seven overs.
Chapman’s wicket fell with the score on 32 but Rhodes’ unbeaten 28 and Jack Anderson’s support on 9 not out saw the visitors over the line.
Sandiacre will host Notts side Caythorpe in the Group C final on Sunday, June 22.
Shipley Hall CC
Shipley Hall’s positive attitude produced play and points amid the wet weather on Saturday at home to Clowne Town.
Shipley’s pitch was saturated during heavy rain on Saturday morning and the outfield had to endure prolonged rainfall.
However, players and groundstaff worked together to try and make play possible.
Dozens of gallons of water were ‘squeezed’ off and fortunately the sun then came out and helped the drying process.
It was quite a while however before the two teams were able to play a 23-overs-a-side match on a tricky wicket.
By the time the match started, the weather was bright, hot and sunny, tea having been taken at 4pm with the match commencing immediately afterwards.
Shipley batted first and soon lost two wickets but Mark Starr and James Cokayne then enjoyed a 49-run partnership.
Ryan North then came in and hit a swashbuckling 34, as did James Cokayne who made the same score and with a few extras Shipley scored 110-6 in their limited 23 overs.
When Clowne batted, they too found batting difficult and some tight bowling by Tom Starr (2-14), James Parkin (2-20), Graham Farnsworth (2-15) plus a run-out kept a tight rein on them all.
After 23 overs, Clowne were 80-7 so Shipley gained a winning draw (13 points) to Clowne’s six.