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Sandiacre given thumping by new boys

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Beechwood MG Premier League new-boys Swarkestone scored a thumping 136-run win over Sandiacre Town to move 18pts clear at the top of the table.

They had Derbyshire’s Alex Hughes to thank for a superb unbeaten century that helped propel Swarkestone to a massive 275 for seven.

Alongside Luke Thomas’s innings of 78 it left Sandiacre with a mountain to climb after the break and they collapsed halfway up.

Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes made superb 100 not out for Swarkestone

Hughes and Tom Knight did the damage to leave Swarkestone impressive winners.

Former leaders Chesterfield had perhaps ridden their luck a little too much over the previous two weeks.

So it was no surprise that they slumped to defeat against their bogey-side Lullington Park who they have never beaten in the Premier League in what is now eleven attempts.

A brilliant unbeaten 113 from skipper Jonny Shales helped Lullington easily eclipse Chesterfield’s 198. Lullington move into third place as a result, just

ahead, but level on points with Alvaston & Boulton who got the better of a draw against Denby after posting a solid 232 for four.

Ticknall stayed in touch with a winning-draw at home to Spondon and they welcomed Derbyshire’s Paul Borrington for his first outing of the season. It was business as usual with a fine 94 as Ticknall posted 230 for four but Spondon hung on for the draw thanks to Nick Rigg’s excellent 72 although they remain at the foot of the table.

In the remaining matches Quarndon came out narrowly on top in a drawn game with reigning champions Ockbrook & Borrowash but Dunstall slid down the table after defeat to Rolls Royce Leisure.

Shahzada Khan took five wickets as Dunstall were shot out for just 95 and, for once, Royces did not falter in their reply, completing an easy six wicket victory.