Ben Slater stars in Premier cup success

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A majestic innings from Ben Slater saw his side to a nine wicket win, as Chesterfield extended their run of cup triumphs with victory over Caythorpe at Queen’s Park.

Chasing 244 to win on Sunday, at a tad under five runs an over, Slater lacerated Ben Powell’s two opening overs with five fours and a six before settling into a partnership, with Mykylo Bird that dominated the bowling attack of a side lying second in the Notts Premier League.

Chesterfield cruised past the 100 mark with both batsmen reaching their half centuries as Caythorpe worked hard to contain the scoring rate with little scent of success.

The long awaited breakthrough was achieved two hours into the innings when Bird was lbw attempting to pull a ball that stayed a little low but his pugnacious 80 punctuated by some powerfully hit boundaries had helped Chesterfield to 186.

With Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley entering the fray at first wicket down the outcome seemed in little doubt and, after stalling for a couple of overs on 99, Slater reached his century and the pair proceeded to take Chesterfield calmly home with three overs to spare.

Slater secured the win with his 12th four finishing on 116 in an outstanding innings that included three sixes, while Whiteley’s run-a-ball 31 ensured that the win was achieved with time to spare.

Andy Staszkiewicz took the only wicket to fall conceding 56 runs off his ten overs and there were economical ten over spells from Tim Haines and James Hindson for 29 and 35 runs apiece but the rest of the bowlers suffered as Chesterfield powered home.

Caythorpe had slipped to 35-2 before Steve Allcoat (129) took centre stage as Caythorpe recovered with a stand of 73 for the third wicket.

Sam Lang bowled Ollie Clarke for 30 and by the time Allcoat was run out by Drage Thompson the total had advanced to 227-4.

Chesterfield’s bowlers finished with Lacey (3-49), Deane (2-56) and Lang (1-53) the other wicket takers while Tim Kirk reeled off a very economical ten over spell for just 30 runs.

Chesterfield travel to Spondon in the second round.

(Derbyshire Premier League) Denby 262-7, Chesterfield 233-9 Repeating the pattern of recent weeks, Chesterfield’s prelude to a dazzling Sunday cup success was a rather dismal Saturday league display when they once again let good positions slip and had to settle for a poor points return.

An intimidating target looked all the more less likely when Chesterfield’s top three were back in with 63 on the board. The hosts never recovered and slip to sixth.