The rain robbed Chesterfield of what would have been a comfortable victory at Queen’s Park on Saturday as two teams enjoyed batting on flat pitch that posed problems for the bowlers.
Dunstall’s Tom Mandleberg (67) and Matt Benstead (60) opened with a century partnership and Scott Chilman maintained his side’s good progress with a fluent 52.
Late runs from John Jennings (38 not out) and Andy Malkin (32 not out) took Dunstall to a score of 274 for four in their 50 overs.
The Chesterfield bowling figures were rather ragged on such a flat track but Wes Durston took three for 91 on his debut and Michael Deane’s one for 62 from 15 overs coupled with Simon Lacey’s containing ten overs for 40 runs kept the score to manageable proportions.
The loss of an early wicket did little to deter Chesterfield as the Derbyshire duo of Durston and James Pipe cruised along at a run-a-ball rate but their good progress was interrupted by rain.
A delay of close to an hour, which was to prove to be Chesterfield’s undoing, had more immediate consequences as Pipe (42) was caught out soon after the resumption of play.
With rain regulations in force, Chesterfield reached the final hour of play still wanting an improbable 168 runs for victory.
Durston led the charge with a magnificent 97 enjoying good support from Lacey (43) but the addition of 158 runs left Chesterfield ten short of victory.
A late flurry of wickets gave Dunstall a slightly better points return which was a poor reflection of a game in which Chesterfield came so close to winning in spite of having lost 14 overs of their 50 over entitlement to rain.
Chesterfield 13 points, Dunstall 15 points.
Chesterfield travel to Alvaston & Boulton on Saturday for a league fixture before returning to Queen’s Park on Sunday for an ECB National Club second round tie against Yorkshire side Townville.
Breadsall 1st XI 227-9,
Chesterfield 2nd XI 163-5
(Derbyshire League 4N)
Breadsall got away to a good start before leg spinner Sam Lang (four for 49) made inroads and helped contain the total to 227 for nine.
Rob McCarroll (39), Rob Hiron (42) and Alex Davison (30 not out) batted well to see Chesterfield to safety with a losing draw against the new league leaders.
Breadsall 17 points, Chesterfield nine points.