Cricket

Updated 18th August: A round up of cricket news from across the borough.

BOROUGH CRICKET ROUND UP (Premier League, Division 1 and 2)
Derbyshire Premier League:
Sandiacre Town Cricket Club is back on track to take the Derbyshire Premier League title for 2017 after winning in their fixture whilst their two main rivals suffered disappointment.

In welcoming Rolleston to Longmoor Lane, they took enough of a lead from their match win to mean Eckington will have to get a result when both sides play on Saturday.

For the game against Rolleston, much was familiar in game play for the borough side – they won the toss and decided to field upon which time they set about restricting their visitors with the aim to then clock up the required amount with ease.

Dan Wheeldon sent the ball to the bat edge of Alex Brown and Tom Liversedge for a score of 20-2 for Rolleston, Matt Newbold sent Muhammad Zaroob on a 20 run 13 ball stand, two sixes and a four amongst the total, Richard Green struck 34 for the visitors as his stand along with Gareth Marshall set 100-3 but Rolleston soon lost the momentum, Green eventually going leg-before-wicket to John Jordison, Rob Cook spinning his way to four wickets as they fell, Wheeldon emulating that success, 148 all out in 44.4 overs.

In reply, James Chapman clocked 63 not out and this carried Sandiacre to a seven wicket win, a partnership with Dan Birch (36) reaching 87.

At Victoria Avenue, Ockbrook & Borrowash hosted Denby in an Erewash-Amber Valley battle, but the visitors were soon out for just 109, Rahib Ali instrumental with his 57 in helping O&B to a seven wicket win, 110-3 being their final score.

Division 1:
A miserable season continues for the borough’s sole representative in Division 1 - Nutbrook – the Cock Orchard based side look destined to join a group of other Erewash sides in Division 2, albeit that there might be one less when they get there.  More on that shortly in our Division 2 round up.

Nutbrook were at Eyes Meadow, the home of Duffield and went into bat first but slumped to just 75 all out off 23.3 overs, Duffield losing 4 wickets but reaching 76 from just 15.3 overs.  Nutbrook are rock bottom of the Division 1, with 109 points from 17 games, just one win, three draws and thirteen defeats, 34 points behind the second bottom side Tutbury and 63 behind the third from bottom side Stainsby Hall as games run out.

Division 2:
In Division 2, Ilkeston Rutland, keen to return to Division 1 at the first time of asking, suffered their first defeat of the season – the second placed borough side hosting Amber Valley based Langley Mill United.

Ilkeston won the toss and elected to bat as part of plans for as many points as possible but plans took a turn for the worse after Simon Lacey collected 4-42 to keep Ilkeston’s run rate down, but Rutland finished on 158-8 – a fairly respectable target -= with Luke Marriott the top scorer on 42.

Langley Mill began their reply and looked on target to take victory by a comfortable margin but Rob Green was the thorn in their side, on the attack for 14 overs, 3-22 and pinning Langley Mill back to 50-3, and latterly the fielding efforts by the borough side had further restricted them to 70-6, Rutland sensing they may just nick this crucial game.

Jay Holmes stuck around stubbornly for Ilkeston though, and in partnership with Danny Hanson, the target started to creep into view, Holmes reaching 40 before being sent back to the clubhouse.  Two more Millers wickets then fell, level with nine wickets down.  Ilkeston sent on James Lockhart to begin bowling with the game on a knife edge, but he sent a ball wide and Langley Mill nicked the win by just one wicket.

Ilkeston have a game in hand over Langley Mill but in turn the Amber Valley side have a 21 point lead, with Sawley & Long Eaton Park 58 point back.  Park were six wicket victors over Sandiacre Town 2nds during the game which was played at The Bill Camm Pavilion, Park 109-4 off 26.2 overs, Town finishing on 107 from 39.1 overs.