Chesterfield picked apart at Queen’s Park

Kevin Leatherday leading the way for Matlock with an innings of 90 not out at Queen's Park on Sunday
Kevin Leatherday leading the way for Matlock with an innings of 90 not out at Queen's Park on Sunday
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In a disappointing weekend for Chesterfield, Matlock compounded their misery with a dominant display at Queen’s Park on Sunday.

Chesterfield failed to press home an advantage after gaining early wickets and then replied with a poor batting display, although they did manage to avoid a second succcessive defeat.

It was a game which had overtones from the previous day when Chesterfield sank to 101 all out chasing Ockbrook’s 175-9.

Matlock contributed to their early problems with James Smith stumped standing out of his ground and Peter Camm the victim of a run out mix-up.

But from 84-4 they made good progress with a 99-run partnership.

Drew Mullaney contributed 44 of these runs before he was out as Tim Kirk clutched a return catch whereupon opener Kevin Leatherday, who had already celebrated his half century, saw his side through to 214-6 of which he had made an invaluable 90.

Michael Deane took 3-52 but there was little joy for the rest of the bowlers.

After the loss of two early wickets in reply, Paul Burdett and Minesh Keshwala added 52 runs but when Keshwala was run out for 28 he was the first of five wickets to fall in the space of 17 runs, one of which was Burdett for 29.

Sam Lang and Tim Kirk stuck together for close to ten overs to help deny Matlock the win that they were so close to securing, on the back of some good bowling led by Camm (2-51) and Steven Chapman (2-24 off 15 overs). Chesterfield six points, Matlock 18 points.

While just 24 hours earlier, Chesterfield contrived to lose a game at Queen’s Park on Saturday when they failed to bat out time in a game already reduced to 40 overs a side after a start delayed due to the ground conditions.

Things had looked so much better when Paul Goodwin took the prized wickets of Matt Cassar caught behind for 7 and Jake Needham with a return catch for 13.

By the time the visitors’ fifth wicket had fallen, with only 91 on the board, Chesterfield were very much in the game but the Ockbrook lower order stuck around as Ian Darlington compiled a valuable 49 to help his side to a 175-9 score at the 40 over closure.

Goodwin took 3-37 in his excellent opening spell of ten overs and there were wickets for Simon Lacey (3-36) and Brian Gladwin (2-49).

Matt Fletcher led the chase for Chesterfield with a fluent 31 but progress was disrupted by the fall of wickets.

Once Fletcher was fourth out with the score on 59, the innings caved in with the final six wickets adding only 42 runs in a passage of play that was memorable for some indisciplined batting.

The ignominious ending meant that Chesterfield, on 101 all out, were six overs short of avoiding defeat which came by way of a 74-run margin.

Ockbrook 27 points, Chesterfield four points.