Chesterfield eased their relegation worries with an overwhelming win against Marehay at Queen’s Park on Saturday to secure their first league win for two months.
With both sides occupying basement positions in the Derbyshire Premier at the start of play, Simon Lacey had no hesitation in putting Marehay into bat first against a Chesterfield attack that featured three front line seamers.
Marehay found the going difficult with Jonathan Bradder bowled by Matt Higginbottom without scoring while the second wicket pairing somehow survived in spite of playing and missing at almost every other ball.
But Chesterfield’s ill fortune in failing to find the edge was compensated by a dearth of runs as Marehay came close to stalling against the opening bowlers and the pressure continued when Johny Marsden came on as first change.
The tight bowling backed up by some superb fielding so throttled the Marehay innings that they were had not reached 50 at the 25 over drinks break when Michael Deane was well on the way to completing a 15 over spell from the Lake end for 30 runs.
In an effort to steal a much needed single Garath Buckley was run out by Sam Lang and when Chesterfield finally tuned to spin Matt Bailey’s two hour vigil for 18 runs was terminated when bowled by Brian Gladwin.
At this stage Marehay were 64-3 in the 32nd of their 50 overs and they limped on to 99-5 before a much needed acceleration was cut short with the score on 120 when wicket keeper Drage Thompson with characteristic alacrity discarded a glove to field the ball and run out Daniel Palmer at the bowler’s end.
Gladwin wrapped up the innings with three quick wickets including that of James Kyte (31) leaving Marehay all out for an inadequate 132 and Gladwin figures of 5-12 to notch up his ninth five-wicket haul in his long and distinguished career with Chesterfield.
The off spinner was straight back out after tea as a stand-in opener for Ben Slater, who was away on Derbyshire duty, and contributed 11 towards a brisk opening of 27 before being bowled.
Mykylo Bird continued in fine form adding 93 for the second wicket with Matt Fletcher playing a supporting role and the total was on 120 when Marehay had their only other success of the day catching out Bird who failed to clear mid on with a lofted drive.
A boundary from Paul Burdett (10 not out) saw Chesterfield home to an eight-wicket win with 22 overs to spare as Fletcher finished undefeated on 31.
Marehay sink to the bottom of the league and while Chesterfield remain only three positions above them the points gap has widened to 37
Chesterfield play two teams immediately below and above them when they travel to Alfreton on Saturday before playing Alvaston & Boulton at Queen’s Park on Sunday.