Tenacious Thomas ton secures victory for Ambergate

Derbyshire County Cricket League

Division 2

Sandiacre Town (2pts) 117 all out [42.4 overs] (T Priestley 39, W Thomas 4-10, L Wallace 4-21) lost to Ambergate (27pts) 201-3 [46 overs] (W Thomas 100*, D Whiteley 31) by 84 runs

Ambergate arrived at Longmoor Lane on the back of a poor performance the previous week against lower division Shipley Hall.

It was overcast; certainly a day that was suited to seam bowling. Ambergate’s captain maintained his usual form at the toss and Ambergate were asked to bat.

Thomas and Holmes opened the batting and made steady but watchful progress against the: pace bowling of Marlow and the accurate seam bowling of Fernley.

A sharp catch in the slips by Sandiacre’s skipper Goodall, saw Holmes (15) on his way, off the bowling of Fernley. Heath (23) took to the crease following a promotion from his usual position at number five.

Heath and Thomas continued to 92 adding 56 for the second wicket. Heath was caught, after a calculated innings, off the bowling of Jordison.

D Whiteley (31) assumed his role at number four, the pair added 62 before Whiteley was caught in the deep off the bowling of Goodall; Marlow completed the dismissal by taking his second catch of the day. Fiery Shazhad Ahmed was promoted up the order in an attempt to add quick runs in the later stages of Ambergate’s innings and to shepherd Thomas to his long awaited DCCL maiden hundred; he remained not out on 71.

The pair added 47 to leave Ambergate 201-3 at the interval. Thomas finished a magnificent, well-paced innings on 100 not out which included six fours, two sixes and was reached in the last over off 141 balls.

Jordison and Priestley took to the field to commence Sandiacre’s innings. Mason bowled a respectable opening spell and conceded only 15 runs off his 10 overs, however, Ball was the first to strike dismissing Jordison (2) who was caught by S Beveridge at backward point. Ruhrmund batted at three, He and Priestly looked promising after a fragile start. They added 51 for the second wicket and looked in command until Ruhrmund (26) took a suicidal run to wicket keeper C Whiteley, who scampered from behind the stumps, releasing the throw to Thomas who completed the run out. Leek (22) came to the crease and added 36 for the third wicket with Priestly, before being stumped off the bowling of Wallace. This was the start of what can only be described as a monumental collapse. Sandiacre went from 92-2 to 117 all out.

This was mainly due to the accurate bowling from Ambergate’s slow bowlers Wallace and Thomas who finished with figures of 4-21 and 4-10 respectively. The only real resistance was provided by Priestley (39) who was caught at slip by D Whiteley of the bowling of Thomas.

To celebrate Thomas’s superb effort and their return to form, the first XI joined Ambergate stalwart Alan Poplar for a welcome drink to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Ambergate’s first XI host Aston-on-Trent this Saturday, where they hope to maintain or better their place in the Division Two league table.