Ben and Matt in dominant mood

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Chesterfield 263-5 v Spondon 228-7

(Derbyshire Premier League)

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Chesterfield had the better of a drawn game at Queen’s Park on Saturday when a good batting performance enabled them to win on points against Spondon.

They had the best of starts with a 136-run opening partnership in just 90 minutes as Ben Slater (59) and Matt Fletcher (68) dominating the Spondon attack.

After the openers went in quick succession Chesterfield failed to benefit fully from such a good start as the visitors fought back to restrict scoring.

Paul Burdett was in fine form with an undefeated 55 but had frustratingly little of the strike as his side laboured their way to 263-5 and left Spondon in with a shout of winning the game on a good batting track.

Ben Ashdown led the way for Spondon with a workmanlike 74 but their challenge was derailed by Sam Lang as the young leg spinner took 4-74 which along with two run outs from some sharp fielding opened up the possibility of a Chesterfield win.

But Spondon batted comfortably through the final overs to finish 36 runs short of victory as Chesterfield secured a winning draw.

Chesterfield spend this weekend at Ticknall with a league game on the Saturday followed by a delayed Derbyshire Cup semi final tie on the Sunday.

Chesterfield 17 points, Spondon ten points.

Cuckney 176-6 Chesterfield 168-8

(Cockspur Cup)

Cuckney claimed the chance to go forward into the last eight of the national Twenty 20 competition with an eight run win against Chesterfield on Sunday.

Batting first Cuckney compiled an impressive 176-6 in spite of frugal four over spells from Paul Goodwin (2-21) and Brian Gladwin (0-20) as Nick Langford (47) and Will Root (41) led the way for the Nottinghamshire champions.

Chesterfield’s confidence in overhauling this total was badly dented as their attempts to take full advantage of the power play misfired leaving them at 25-3.

A rapid 37 from Mykylo Bird injected some momentum into the innings before Paul Burdett took centre stage as he blazed past 50.

But with wickets tumbling and overs running out even Burdett’s magnificent 75 not out was not enough as Chesterfield finished an agonising nine runs short of victory.