Century for Slater in National trophy

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Chesterfield 334-8,

Beverley Town 198 all out

(ECB National Cup)

Chesterfield romped through the first round of the ECB national competition for Premier League clubs when they overpowered Beverley Town on Sunday.

Electing to bat first, Chesterfield raced to 126 in the tenth over of the innings before Chris Marples was caught on the boundary for 37 off 24 balls.

Opening partner Ben Slater had already reached 50 off 32 balls and soon afterwards brought up his century off 67 balls faced before holing out on the boundary for 106 with the total on 184-2.

The ending of the fielding restrictions brought about a flurry of wickets including that of Alex Hibbert for a fluent 56 as Chesterfield sought quick runs.

But Beverley’s hopes of holding the score to manageable proportions were extinguished with a furious final onslaught from Drage Thompson who drove and pulled his way to 69 runs off 32 balls before his attempt at a seventh six fell short on the large Norwood Park ground.

The 45-over total of 334 for eight soon seemed beyond Beverley as Michael Deane clean bowled both openers before a run out left the home side on 39 for three.

A fourth-wicket stand of 89 did little to dent Chesterfield prospects as the required rate for Beverley had risen to 12-an-over and wickets then fell on a regular basis including a wicket for 15-year-old Sam Lang as the leg spinner made his first team debut.

Captain Alex Hibbert ended the innings with a wicket in his first over in nine years of Premier cricket as Chesterfield won the game by a massive 136-run margin.

Chesterfield progress to the second round of the competition where they face another Yorkshire side when Townville travel to Queen’s Park on Sunday, May 22.

Chesterfield 215-6,

Lullington Park 220-3

(Derbyshire Premier League)

Chesterfield contrived to lose a game on Saturday after building a good platform with a century opening partnership between Ben Slater (50) and James Pipe.

Pipe proceeded to a magnificent 106 in his two-hour stay at the crease but his side failed to force the pace in the closing stages of an innings reduced to 46 overs due to a delayed start.

With eight wickets in hand, the final eight overs realised a paltry 35 runs and this allied to a lacklustre display from the Chesterfield attack enabled last year’s champions to win the game with three overs to spare.

Having lost their opening two league game, Chesterfield will be trying to kick start their season on Saturday when Dunstall are the visitors to Queen’s Park in a game scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Lullington Park 22 points, Chesterfield five points.

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Chesterfield 2nd XI 166-5,

Morton Colliery

1st XI 124-5

(Derbyshire

County League 4N)

Chesterfield continued their good start to the season with another winning draw after a rain-delayed start at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

James Colton (20) and Aaron Jepson with a rapid 29 led the way and all of the batsmen chipped in with useful runs as Chesterfield compiled 166-5 in their 27 overs.

Morton Colliery made steady progress but were always off the pace and late wickets for Dean Hopkinson (2-19) and Sam Lang (2-30) left them well short of a winning total.

Chesterfield 14 points, Morton Colliery six points.

Chesterfield

3rd XI 256 for 5,

South Wingfield

180 for 7

(Mansfield

Sunday League)

Runs from Alex Davison (67), Aiden Marsh (51), Liam Baddeley (51) and Aaron Jepson (30) saw Chesterfield through to an imposing 256-5 on Sunday.

Aiden Marsh then completed a fine all-round performance with 4-60 and South Wingfield were left well short at the close.