Dunstall 230 all out,
Chesterfield chalked up their first league win of the season with a dominating display against one of the early season front runners at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Visitors Dunstall made steady progress before Mat Dowman (55) was second out with the score on 102 whereupon Nathan Dumelow (60) continued the good work.
But runs were hard to come by as the Chesterfield spinners wheeled away to good effect with Brian Gladwin (2-51), Simon Lacey (2-55) and Tim Kirk (1-27) keeping the batsmen in check.
Quarndon’s late efforts to lift their score to a more competitive total on a good batting surface were abruptly halted by the return of Michael Deane whose brisk pace ripped through the lower order.
Deane finished with 5-51 as Chesterfield were left to chase down a modest 231 to record the long-awaited win.
This they did in comparative comfort and rapid early progress was only interrupted by the occasional misbehaving delivery.
One such held up on James Pipe (22) and another kept low to account for Ben Slater after an accomplished innings of 57 by the stylish left-handed opener.
Chesterfield’s third wicket went down with the score on 142 but their early season’s proneness to mini-collapses was not in evidence as Alex Hibbert and Lacey steered their side home without undue alarm.
After a carefully compiled half-century, Hibbert accelerated away with boundaries to all parts of the ground, finishing on 88 not out.
Good support from Lacey (37 not out) saw the side home to a seven-wicket win with seven overs to spare.
The win takes Chesterfield up two places to seventh and they have the chance of a good points tally this weekend with a rare double header of league games, both against Ticknall.
They travel to The Grange on Saturday before the reverse fixture on Sunday at Queen’s Park in games that are likely to feature Derbyshire’s Wes Durston against county colleague Paul Borrington.
Chesterfield 22 points, Dunstall six points.
Chesterfield v Swarkestone - match abandoned
Cockspur Twenty 20 Cup
Incessant rain on Bank Holiday Monday caused Chesterfield’s Cockspur Cup to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The match is now rearranged for Thursday at Queen’s Park starting at 6pm.
Chesterfield 2nd XI 190-8, West Hallam White
Rose 1st XI 111-7
County League 4N)
Chesterfield recovered from a perilous 108-7 at the Cock Orchard on Saturday before recovering with a 78-run stand between Daniel Bennett (37) and Mick Davison (30 not out) that enabled them to close at 190-8.
This proved to be more than enough as Aiden Marsh (3-15) and Nigel Mallender (2-22) left West Hallam well off the pace at 111-7 to give Chesterfield a strong winning draw.
Chesterfield move up to fifth and face leaders Clowne Town at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
West Hallam White Rose seven points, Chesterfield 17 points.
Chesterfield 3rd XI 268-3,
Chesterfield Barbarians 205-8
(Mansfield Sunday League 6)
Chesterfield had the better of a local derby at Queen’s Park on Sunday when Aaron Jepson (91) and Alex Davison (84) opened with a partnership of 183 against Barbarians.
Dean Hopkinson chipped in with 26 before Daniel Bennett (24) and James Colton (34) were left not out as Chesterfield closed on a 40-over total of 268-3.
Sam Lawson (57) and Alex Fowkes (68) put on 129 for the Barbarians’ second wicket after which wickets fell at regular intervals.
Hopkinson (3-44) and Carl Bowling with 3-20 in eight tidy overs of leg spin left the Barbarians holding on for a draw at 205-8.
Chesterfield 17 points, Chesterfield Barbarians seven points.