Chesterfield 1st XI 210-7, Caythorpe 1st XI 187 all out
Chesterfield negotiated their way through the first round of the ECB’s national knock-out competition for premier clubs with a 23-run victory against Nottinghamshire neighbours Caythorpe at Queen’s Park on Sunday.
After opting to bat first Chesterfield made steady progress as Ben Slater and Paul Burdett saw off the new ball without undue alarm although the pair were having to work hard for runs on a damp outfield.
They passed the 50 mark in the 12th over before increasing the tempo to reach 100 in the 19th over and the partnership had reached 132 before the two openers were out in quick succession, Slater for 66 and Burdett for 59.
But hopes of posting an imposing 45 over total in the region of 250 runs were soon downgraded as batsmen struggled to force the pace.
With the frustrating feeling that Chesterfield were going to fall short of 200, Alex Hibbert, pictured, finally found a more resilient partner in Michael Deane and the pair added 43 runs with 19 coming off the final two to take Chesterfield to 210-7.
Hibbert hit a six off the penultimate ball of the innings before being caught on the boundary next ball for an invaluable 41 leaving Deane on 18 not out.
For Caythorpe James Hawley took 4-34 off eight overs of innocuous looking bowling with his success partially based on bad balls taking wickets.
In sharp contrast Deane reeled of an immaculate opening spell after the tea interval picking up both Caythrope openers for figures of two for ten off his nine over spell.
Even the vastly experienced Darren Bicknell struggled against Deane with just six singles off 27 balls faced.
Wickets for first change bowlers Johny Marsden and Simon Lacey kept Caythorpe in check and at 82-4 the required rate had risen to six an over
But Bicknell and James Oldham settled into a productive partnership adding 50 runs in the next half hour.
A tight finish was looking likely when Lacey finally deceived Bicknell for Slater to take a fine catch which dismissed the former Nottinghamshire man for 62.
With 77 still required off the final ten overs, Chesterfield squeezed the life out of the visitors whose increasingly desperate antics saw a flurry of four wickets falling in the space of three runs with two run outs to leave them all out for 187 and Chesterfield the worthy winners by a 23-run margin.
Marsden (2-38) and Lacey (2-33) bowled full allocations of nine overs while Hibbert claimed 2-20 in a short spell that hastened the end of Caythorpe’s innings.
With the competition so disrupted by the weather, Chesterfield have to wait to see if they travel to Nottinghamshire or Yorkshire for their second round tie.
Quarndon 1st XI 172 all out,
Chesterfield 1st XI 121-8
(Derbyshire Premier League)
Chesterfield looked to continue their good start to the season by putting Quarndon in to bat at Queen’s Park on Saturday and were rewarded with another early strike by Michael Deane in a characteristically frugal opening spell.
But the game seemed to be slipping away until the introduction of Simon Lacey who had Ben Spendlove (40) out to his first delivery and followed up with the early dismissal of Nathan Dumelow.
With runs at a premium on a cold and dismal day, Quarndon grafted away with Muhammad Sultan reaching 26 before being trapped leg before by the young leg spinner Sam Lang.
A contribution of 25 from Kevin Hollis helped the Quardnon cause as did a liberal sprinkling of 26 extras which saw the side through to 172 all out in the 49th over.
The bowling honours went to Lacey with 4-37 off 15 overs and Johny Marsden with three clean bowled successes at a cost of 33 in his nine overs.
After the loss of an early wicket Paul Burdett (30) steered Chesterfield to just past 50 but progress was rudely interrupted by period of play that saw five wickets fall in the space of 15 runs including a break in play for rain.
A further rain break left Chesterfield well short of time and runs as they relied on Drage Thompson and Deane to bat out the final half hour to avoid defeat, finishing on 121 for eight and taking a good share of the points.
Chesterfield remain at the head of the Premier League table and look to return to winning ways on Saturday with a visit to Dunstall while Chesterfield’s 2nd XI, after having all three matches cancelled, hope to play Pilsley at Queen’s Park.
Chesterfield 11 points, Quarndon 12 points.