National pride for Chesterfield captain

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Chesterfield Cricket Club captain Simon Lacey praised his side’s efforts as they secured a place in the last 16 of the ECB’s Royal London Cup.

The north Derbyshire side battled their way to a three wicket win over Doncaster Town in a tense regional final of the competition on Sunday.

Having restricted Doncaster to 207-6, Chesterfield began the chase in orderly fashion and were thankful to Drage Thompson (65) and Matt Fletcher (57).

The pair took their side to within 40 runs of victory, with eight overs remaining, and the total was achieved with three balls left of play.

Andy McCarroll hit the winning runs as Lacey watched on from the other end to take Chesterfield to unknown territory in the prestigious cup.

“We looked quite comfortable at one point, but we never seem to do things easily,” said captain Lacey. “I was at the other end as wickets were tumbling though I always felt we had enough to get over the line.

“We had quite a few of the first team missing and we were grateful for the way those that came into the side performed. We bowled really well as a group and took crucial wickets at crucial times.

“We’ve never been to this stage of the competition before so it’s a massive achievement from everyone involved from the club in the cup.”

The success came 24 hours after a disappointing defeat to top of the table Swarkstone, which leaves Chesterfield sixth in the Derbyshire Premier.

This Saturday’s game with Denby will mark the halfway stage of the league calender and Lacey spoke about what has proven to be a frustrating season so far.

He added: “It seems to be a league where anyone can beat anyone and no-one is able to run away with it. We have frustrated ourselves. We feel we have the ability to push on.”

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