Chesterfield 241 all out,
Alvaston & Boulton 200-9
Chesterfield come out on top in a closely contested affair at Raynesday on Saturday between two sides who have failed to live up to pre-season expectations.
Both sides had opportunities of winning a game that finished in a winning draw for Chesterfield who had one delivery to claim the final wicket that would have given them their first league win of the season.
Chesterfield were put in to bat on a pitch that was providing enough help for the bowlers to account for the early dismissal of James Pipe but the rock hard outfield facilitated rapid scoring as Ben Slater and Wes Durston raced along at a run-a-ball rate.
Having added 60 in comparative comfort the partnership was rudely interrupted when Durston (27) was adjudged lbw having played the ball and soon after Slater fell to a ball deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end having just reached 50.
These two pieces of bad fortune seemed to undermine the middle order with Slater’s the first of six wickets to fall in the space of 63 runs as Chesterfield collapsed to 158-8.
From looking down and out the tail then wagged to great effect as the final two wickets added 85 runs.
Drage Thompson (38) combined with Michael Deane to add 36 runs before Deane (35) was ably supported by Paul Goodwin (19 not out) in adding 49 for the final wicket.
The comparative ease with which the late batting flourished raised concerns that the resulting 241 all out was a below par performance.
Chesterfield’s prospects looked brighter when Deane clean bowled Steve Stubbings without a run on the board before picking up two more wickets in a superb spell of hostile pace bowling.
A couple of strikes by Simon Lacey as batsmen tried to break his stranglehold on one end left Alvaston & Boulton in the parlous position of 86-5.
But Chesterfield were unable to press home their advantage as Hassan Adnan took control of the innings and guided his side to the promising position of 192-6 before Deane returned to the attack to have the stubborn Andy Gray (20) caught behind.
The pendulum swung Chesterfield’s way with runs at a premium as Adnan moved cautiously to his century and they came close to winning the game grabbing two of the three wickets needed.
Adnan finished on 101 not out but the honours went to the Chesterfield bowlers led by Deane (4-39) and Lacey (3-39) whose efforts were largely responsible for the winning draw as Alvaston closed on 200 for nine.
Alvaston & Boulton 12 points, Chesterfield 18 points
Chesterfield 201 all out
Chesterfield extended their poor start to the season with an indifferent display at Queen’s Park on Sunday when they twice failed to capitalise on commanding positions.
The Yorkshire visitors were in deep trouble at 83-5 before Tim Walton’s 95 allowed them to recover to a respectable 224 all out.
Tim Kirk bowled exceptionally well for Chesterfield with a return of 4-29 from his allotted nine overs but the cobbling together of a fifth bowler proved problematic with runs coming at too rapid a rate..
In reply Chesterfield were quickly off the blocks with a rapid 41 from James Pipe but his dismissal was followed by a flurry of wickets.
An 85-run partnership between Simon Lacey (32) and Joe Cooper (54) looked likely to win the game before the return of Tim Bresnan, brother of the England paceman, who took three quick wickets.
Chesterfield’s chances rapidly receded although home hopes were kept alive with late sixes from Chris Marples (23) until he was last man out to Bresnan (5-37) leaving Townville to take the tie by a 23-run margin.
Chesterfield return to league action on Saturday with the visit of Quarndon to Queen’s Park.
Chesterfield 2nd XI 274-5,
Allestree 1st XI 268-6
(Derbyshire League 4N)
Chesterfield won on points in a high scoring game at Queen’s Park on Saturday when they ran up an imposing 274-5 after James Colton (32), Aaron Jepson (60) and Dean Hopkinson (44) established a good platform. Alex Davison (49*) and Tim Kirk (46*) then saw their side through to a highest total of the season. However,a century from Matthew Sirrel (101) enabled Allestree to come close to a winning total before their overs elapsed when they were still seven runs short. Chesterfield 16 points, Allestree 11 points.