Chesterfield finally chalked up a Derbyshire Premier win this season, at the seventh time of asking on Saturday.
A remarkable performance against a strong Swarkestone side, who were left ruing their decision to declare on 284-5 after 47 overs, as Chesterfield surpassed the total with four wickets remaining.
After winning the toss, Swarkestone set off in style at the small Barrow Turn ground putting on 111 before Chris Durham was caught out for 43 and by the time opening partner Jake Needham was similarly dismissed for 90 the total was 156-3 after only 30 overs.
Tom Poynton (53) and Garry Park (43) applied acceleration and a score in excess of 300 was in the offing when the declaration closed the innings three overs shy of the allotted 50 with Wayne White 28 not out and the total 284-5.
Nitish Kumar was the pick of the Chesterfield bowlers with 2-57 off 13 overs of off spin while fellow off spinner Mat Roberts took 2-55 off seven overs. Swarkestone’s attack included Australian test bowler Michael Beer as well as White, Derbyshire’s man of the match the previous evening in the televised Twenty20 win over the Lancashire Lightning, and the premature closure gave them extra overs in which bowl out a Chesterfield side missing all of their county players.
But Mykylo Bird extended his fine form of recent weeks with an innings of 66 before becoming the second of Beer’s victims with the score on 155-4 by which time Matt Higginbottom had launched a savage onslaught hitting the ball to all parts of the ground and beyond
Two wickets for White did little to slow the chase and at 218-6 after the first ball of the 46th over Sam Lang joined Higginbottom and the pair smashed the 67 runs needed of 33 balls to take their side to a memorable four wicket win.
Higginbottom finished on 114 off 57 balls faced with nine fours and eight sixes while Lang included two sixes in his 26 not out as Chesterfield took advantage of one of the extra overs on offer as a result of the declaration.
Beer took 2-74 of 16 overs with White bearing the brunt of the Higginbottom assault, his 2-110 coming off 15 overs.
Chesterfield climb one place to tenth in the Premier League and look for further progress up the table when they play eleventh placed Alvaston & Boulton at Queen’s Park on Saturday before a rare rest day on Sunday. Swarkestone (8), Chesterfield (27).
Chesterfield II had table topping Clowne Town in all sorts of trouble at Queen’s Park on Saturday as the visitors slipped to 40-5 and then 97-8 with wickets for Louis Hurst (3-58) and Barney Kirk (3-27). Dropped catches allowed Clowne to 210 all out and Chesterfield’s reply got off to the worst possible start.
Chesterfield struggled to 122-8 in spite of Callum Hiron’s 39 before Tim Kirk (18*) and Jack Adams (12*) secured the draw closing at 162-8. Chesterfield (11), Clowne Town (18).