Chesterfield made significant progress towards securing their Derbyshire Premier survival in a high scoring game at Alfreton Park on Saturday.
An impressive batting display saw the visitors compile a massive 311-6, which proved far too much for a relegation threatened Alfreton.
After being put into bat, Chesterfield made rapid progress with Mykylo Bird hitting four successive boundaries before being caught behind off a defensive push for 27 with the score on 51.
A second wicket stand took the total on to 129 when Ben Slater was caught behind for 60 and by the time Matt Fletcher was bowled for 59 the total had raced on to 216-3.
The acceleration had much to do with Ross Whiteley before he was caught out for 56 when a mis-hit pull was just shy of being his sixth six.
And, at 231-4, Chesterfield capitalised on their position by adding 80 in the final six overs with Drage Thompson blasting 66 off 29 balls faced with four fours and six sixes.
Chesterfield closed on a 50 over total of 311-6 with Elliot Savidge (2-77) and Anthony Mosca (2-49) the main wicket takers, while Richard Briggs’ ten wicketless overs for 31 runs was a notable achievement when runs were flowing. Alfreton’s openers fended off the new ball successfully and had gone a long way in the quest to avoid defeat by the 25 over drinks break when the score was 86, but the first ball on the resumption of play brought about the first wicket when Mark Stokes fell leg before to Brian Gladwin for 29.
Gladwin soon struck again, bowling Ryan Bramwell for five before tempting Mosca into a mis-hit drive, which was well held by Slater to dismiss the Australian for a determined 54.
At 110-3, Chesterfield sensed victory and hopes remained high with 13 overs to go when Gladwin bowled Savidge for 20 to make it 140-4, but hopes of an early finish were soon extinguished by John Aspinall who raced to 77 before being run out on a close call by which time Alfreton had secured all their batting bonus points at 227-5.
There was still time for Gladwin to take another wicket to finish with figures of 5-62, his second successive five wicket haul, as spin partner Simon Lacey remained a spectator at first slip throughout the innings, incapacitated with a back injury.
Alfreton closed on 235-7 to take nine points from the game while Chesterfield’s 19 point tally helped to distance them from the teams clustering at the foot of the table.