Cricket: Burdet and Deane on song for Chesterfield

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Chesterfield chalked up their first league win of the season courtesy of some devastating new ball bowling, which resulted in an early finish against Dunstall at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Having been put in to bat first, Chesterfield overcame the loss of an early wicket as Paul Burdett added 55 with Ross Whiteley (27) and 60 with Mykylo Bird before holing out on the midwicket boundary for 61.

His departure led to a mini collapse as a further three wickets tumbled in quick succession and when Bird was stumped for 30 a score of 118-2 had slipped to 129-6.

With Dunstall very much in the game it was hard graft for Perijay Blair and Simon Lacey as the pair added 42 before Blair was out for 30 in the late chase for runs.

Lacey’s unbeaten 25 saw his side through to 191-8 which was much less than had seemed likely earlier in the innings but the pitch was offering help for the bowlers which the Chesterfield opening attack was capable of exploiting.

This they did in some style as Michael Deane and Matt Higginbottom took two wickets apiece leaving Dunstall struggling at 44-4.

The visitors’ plight was transformed from dire to desperate when Deane took three wickets in the 15th over to leave them languishing at 49-7. Higginbottom took his fourth wicket to finish the innings when he ended some spirited late order resistance from Steve Scrimshaw (26).

A demoralised Dunstall were all out for 95 after 27 overs still 96 runs short of the Chesterfield score.

Deane’s 5-42 from 11 overs together with Higginbottom’s 4-43 from 15 overs had effectively derailed the Dunstall reply with an outstanding performance of hostile pace bowling.

The win gave Chesterfield maximum points and a jump of two places to sixth in the Premier table, still with a game in hand on four of the teams above them.

On Saturday Chesterfield are again at Queen’s Park for the visit of a Swarkestone side that has moved to the top of the Derbyshire Premier league table with a win against previous leaders, Sandiacre Town.

Chesterfield 27 points, Dunstall four points.