Alvaston & Boulton 284-8
Chesterfield cut lose after being put in to bat at Queen’s Park on Saturday as James Pipe lacerated the Alvaston & Boulton attack.
Derbyshire’s Tony Pallandino exerted a degree of control at one end while taking a wicket but the bowlers sharing the new ball at the other end were subjected to a flaying as Pipe smashed the ball to all quarters.
Adam Wheatcroft was withdrawn after his opening two overs went for 29 runs and replacement Tim Stevenson was replaced after his three overs had gone for 46.
Pipe was imperious and after reaching his 51 in 23 deliveries he raced to 75 in an over by which time Chesterfield had rattled up 96 runs in ten overs.
A second-wicket partnership with Wes Durston had taken the total on to 135 before Pipe was finally hauled in for 93 with a ball just failing to clear the ropes but Chesterfield were able to build on the good start with consolidating innings from Durston (40) and Alex Hibbert (54).
Matt Fletcher (40) and Drage Thompson (31) increased the tempo before the almost inevitable loss of late wickets as the search was on for quick runs in the closing overs.
It fell to Michael Deane to bring up the 300 with he did in fine style with a massive six off Pallandino before Chesterfield closed on an imposing 307-8.
The visitors bowing figures looked rather ragged with the better of the returns from Pallandino (3-72) and Tony Gray (2-79).
With little in the pitch for the pace bowlers, Chesterfield quickly turned to their spin attack.
Simon Lacey trapped Gray (23) leg before with the score on 50 and Brian Gladwin had Chris McIlroy stumped for 44 with the score on 97.
But Steve Stubbings and Hassan Adnan were now in partnership and the two former Derbyshire batsmen had taken the total beyond 200 in comparative comfort.
The pair seemed to be steering their side to victory before Stubbings missed an attempted reverse sweep and was adjudged leg before to Durston for 77.
A few runs later Lacey deflected the ball onto the non-striker’s stumps with Adnan (65) out of his ground and Alvaston had slipped to 222-4.
Any remaining hopes of victory largely disappeared with a magnificent piece of fielding from Rob McCarroll out in the deep whose speed to the ball and fine return left Waseem Mohammed (36) short of completing his second run.
With the Chesterfield spinners wheeling away to good effect the lower order batsmen found runs hard to come by and the increasing pressure produced three more wickets before Alvaston closed on 284-8.
Durston (3-70) and Gladwin (2-72) were the leading wicket-takers for Chesterfield who took the majority of the points for a winning draw.
Pipe’s powerful innings was still influencing events after the game as Alvaston sought to excuse their dreadfully poor over rate with the time taken to retrieve balls from the outer reaches of Queen’s Park, but they were still docked four points.
Chesterfield move up to fifth in the table and journey down to The Common on Saturday for a game against eighth placed Quarndon.
Chesterfield 17 points, Alvaston & Boulton nine points.
Chesterfield 2nd XI 239-8, Allestree 1st XI 242-6
Chesterfield’s brief hold on the top spot came to an abrupt end with a defeat at relegation haunted Allestree on Saturday.
James Colton (64) and Dean Hopkinson (34) led the way for Chesterfield as they posted a score of 239-8 but this wasn’t too intimidating a target on the small Recreation Ground.
Innings of 57 from James Windscheffel and 38 from Tom Windscheffel gave Allestree a good start before Matt Probart (73 not out) took his side to a four wicket win with almost two overs to spare.
Allestree 22 points, Chesterfield eight points.