Sixth-place finish for Chesterfield

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Chesterfield 1st XI

238 all out,

Spondon 189-6

(Derbyshire Premier League)

The tail wagged for Chesterfield on Saturday after the early order struggled on a tricky track against the Spondon seamers.

Ben Slater (21) and Alex Hibbert (24) were the only batsmen to survive for any length of time as the side subsided to 90-6.

But with Daniel Bennett digging in at one end Chesterfield mounted a spectacular recovery which started with a crashing 26 from Brian Gladwin and took real shape with Matt Higginbottom’s 59.

It was Higginbottom’s first match back after a lengthy spell of injuries but it was with the bat that the fast bowler made his mark as the Spondon slow bowlers were dispatched to all quarters and in four cases high over the boundary,

Bennett, meanwhile, had held the innings together and by the time he was run out for 29 he had seen Chesterfield add 158 runs during a stay of 102 minutes at the crease.

A final flourish from Michael Deane (23 not out) saw Chesterfield to 238 all out in the final over of their allotted 50 which represented a remarkable recovery.

But with the wicket playing easier, Spondon made steady progress led by Jack Ratcliffe (56) although runs were at a premium against the Chesterfield spinners.

A combination of Gladwin making inroads with 3-31 and a spiralling run rate saw Spondon content to bat out time for losing draw.

Spondon 11 points, Chesterfield 17 points.

Chesterfield 1st XI 221-7,

Ockbrook &

Borrowash 222-4

(Derbyshire Premier League)

Chesterfield returned to Queen’s Park on Sunday for their final game of the season and a game that would determine the outcome of the Premier title as a win for visitors Ockbrook would give them the title irrespective of the outcome of the game involving close rivals Sandiacre Town.

A steady start saw the Chesterfield openers past the hundred mark before Ben Slater (38) and Wes Durston (63) were out in quick succession.

Alex Hibbert (57) and Matt Fletcher (36) took the total on to 199-2 before wickets tumbled in the final few overs as Chesterfield closed on 221-7.

There was early success for Chesterfield with the wicket of Matt Lineker but Jonathan Guthrie helped Jake Needham take the score on to 87.

Chesterfield stayed in the game with the wicket of Guthrie (44) and the early dismissal of Matt Cassar.

Interruptions due to rain complicated the run chase for Ockbrook as the delays meant they would have fewer overs to reach their target and the pressure intensified with news that Sandiacre Town’s looked likely winners in their match.

On the resumption of play Durston held on to a fine return catch from Jonny Owen whose brisk 31 brought to the end the career of the league’s leading scorer with close to 11,000 runs in Premier games.

With Needham accelerating and new batsman Ian Darlington smashing boundaries in the fading light Ockbrook came home with four overs to spare to claim the 2011 title while Chesterfield’s disappointing points return left them in sixth place in the final table.

Chesterfield six points, Ockbrook & Borowash 22 points.

Marehay 2nd XI 213-8, Chesterfield 2nd XI 203-4 match abandoned

The rain ruined Chesterfield’s chances of defeating closest rivals Marehay in the chase for the divisional title on Saturday.

Marehay owed much to Matthew Bailey (91) as they fought to a 46-over total of 213-8 at a damp Queen’s Park with Dean Hopkinson taking 3-23.

With so much time lost to the weather, Chesterfield faced an uphill task to win the game and the race for runs resulted in the loss of wickets but at 95-4 Tim Kirk joined Joe Cooper.

The pair added 108 in quick time as Chesterfield closed on 203-4 just eleven runs short of victory with six wickets in hand after losing 18 of their 46 overs to rain.

Cooper finished on 116 not out off only 86 balls and Kirk’s unbeaten 45 came off 35 balls, many of which he received in fading light.

The disappointment at just missing out on victory after dominating the game was compounded by the quirky points allocation in which Marehay took close to half the points.

Chesterfield 15 points, Marehay 13 points.

Riddings 1st XI 147 all out, Chesterfield 2nd XI 32-4 match abandoned

More rain made for an anti-climatic end to the season when Chesterfield travelled to a rain sodden Riddings on Sunday.

Gautham Shiralagi 3-36 helped Chesterfield to dismiss Riddings for 147 but time lost to the weather ruled out any chance that Chesterfield had of chasing down a modest total and they closed at 32-4 in a match abandoned to the elements.

Chesterfield finished the season as runners up and missed out on the guaranteed promotion that went to Marehay as the divisional winners.

Riddings ten points, Chesterfield eleven points.