Ockbrook & Borrowash 234-7, Chesterfield 235-4
(Derbyshire Premier League)
Chesterfield recorded a rare win against Ockbrook & Borrowash in a game that included some notable individual performances at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
After an early strike from Johny Marsden Chesterfield had to endure a lengthy second-wicket partnership that took Ockbrook on to 142 before the young leg spinner Sam Lang trapped Alastair Dixon leg before.
But Dixon had spent the best part of two hours compiling his 39 which included a solitary boundary and his departure left his side needing to cash in on wickets in hand with only 12 overs remaining.
Opener Matt Lineker seemed the main threat having moved comfortably on to 80 but when the push came to shove he failed to find enough support as the rest of the batting faltered badly in the face of a hostile closing spell from Marsden.
Jake Needham and Trevor Smith were the only ones to reach double figures as Marsden ripped through the side to record his first five wicket haul for Chesterfield and then had Lineker caught off the final ball of the innings for 132.
Marsden finished with career-best figures of 6-55 and was largely responsible for limiting Ockbrook to a 234-7 total that was barely par on a good Queen’s Park pitch.
Chesterfield commenced their replay in fine form with openers Ben Slater and Matt Fletcher in cruise control against an attack that included former Derbyshire paceman Kevin Dean.
They maintained a rate of five an over and it took a run out to break the partnership when Fletcher (45) attempted a second that would have brought up the 100.
A couple of wickets went down as the total moved on to 131 but there were no signs of Chesterfield stuttering as Slater steered his side towards victory with a fourth-wicket partnership of 94 in the company Alex Hibbert.
By the time Slater was out for 93 his side was just ten short of victory that was achieved with a couple of overs and six wickets in hand leaving Hibbert not out for a sparkling 58.
The win means Chesterfield overtake Ockbrook to occupy fourth place in advance of the closing weekend of the season when they play at Denby on Saturday before finishing the season on Sunday against title challengers Swarkestone.
Chesterfield 22 points, Ockbrook & Borrowash seven points
Ilkeston Rutland 2nd XI 67 all out, Chesterfield 68-2
(Derbyshire County League)
Michael Deane let the rout at Rutland Park taking 7-36 while Paul Goodwin applied the finishing coup with a burst of 3-2 which left Ilkeston all out for 67.
Chesterfield cruised to an eight wicket win and an early finish.
Ilkeston Rutland one point, Chesterfield 22 points.