Fletcher rises to the occasion

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Rolls-Royce 215-9,

Chesterfield 217-7

(Derbyshire

Premier League)

Chesterfield chalked up another win with a successful foray down to Derby on Saturday in a game dominated by some notable individual performances.

It looked as though the wheels had come off for Rolls-Royce as they slumped to a score of 5-4 after six overs.

Michael Deane was in magnificent form taking 3-3 enjoying good support from Matt Fletcher with 1-2 after three overs apiece with the new ball.

But Rolls-Royce mounted a spirited recovery led by Raja Sohail Haider (53) and had reached 100 before a double strike by Simon Lacey set them back in trouble with six wickets down.

The rest of the innings was dominated by a superb performance from Mohammed Waseem who almost single-handedly drove his side forward to a respectable 215-9 after their rain-reduced 48 overs.

Waseem struck six sixes in racing to 129 not out off 115 deliveries and the onslaught resulted in the late return of Deane who restricted the runs at one end while picking up a couple of wickets to finish with 5-41 as he recorded his third five-wicket haul of a vintage season.

The Chesterfield reply was again characterised by the loss of flurries of wickets and after recovering from 41-2 they lost James Pipe (53) with the score 97 before two more quick dismissals left them on 120-5.

Fletcher steered his side up to 150 when two more quick wickets left Chesterfield in the parlous position of 153-7.

With another 63 runs required off 14 overs and only three wickets left, Rolls-Royce stepped up a gear in anticipation of repeating their success against Chesterfield on the opening day of the season.

But Chesterfield kept their options open by defending diligently while gathering runs carefully and their prospects improved as the partnership developed.

Fletcher batted with great assurance using his feet confidently against the spinners and Gladwin curbed his normally extroverted style to blunt the attack while taking full advantage of the occasional loose delivery.

The balance swung Chesterfield’s way as the partnership progressed and by the time Fletcher had reached his half century a successful conclusion was in sight.

This was eventually sealed with Gladwin’s fourth boundary taking him on to 31 not out and Chesterfield to a three-wicket win with 15 balls to spare.

Fletcher finished on 56 not out in an outstanding display of maturity by a young batsman in such a pressured position and was rightly applauded off the field after such a critical contribution to Chesterfield’s fourth win of the season.

Chesterfield climb two places to fifth in the table and take on tenth-placed Lullington Park on Saturday at Queen’s Park.

Rolls Royce seven points, Chesterfield 22 points.

Spondon 233-6 v Chesterfield match abandoned

(Derbyshire Premier League)

The rain that delayed the start of the game at Queen’s Park on Sunday returned to cause a series of interruptions to play and eventually caused the abandonment of the game just before visitors Spondon had completed their innings.

Chesterfield looked jaded in the field after putting Spondon into bat and a series of spilled catches allowed the aggressive early order batters to make rapid progress to 143-1 at which score Tim Kirk captured the wickets of Ben Ashdown (46) and Jack Ratcliffe (50).

Spondon continued to make good progress and had reached 223 before Brian Gladwin claimed three quick wickets as the weather closed in to end the day’s play with Spondon on 233-6 and just ten balls short of completing their innings.

Gladwin (4-43) and Kirk (2-26) were the successful bowlers for a Chesterfield side that was left frustrated at being denied the chance to chase down a winning total.

Chesterfield eight points, Spondon 11 points.

Waleswood 178-7,

Chesterfield 3rd XI 181-6

Chesterfield achieved a notable win against promotion-chasing Waleswood on Sunday when they notched up their second success of the season.

Laura Slater (3-16) and Dean Hopkinson (3-34) led the Chesterfield attack which managed to keep Waleswood to 178-7 in spite of a late recovery by Adam Russell (88 not out) and Wayne Sansom (38 not out).

Aaron Jepson (51) and Alex Davison (46) were the leading contributors in a good all-round batting display that took Chesterfield to 181-6 and a four-wicket win with 21 balls to spare.