Captain’s sporting gesture as Chesterfield claim draw

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Chesterfield had to battle hard for a losing draw at Rolleston, replying to an impressive 246 for eight with 205 for eight.

Harry Wilmott pulled off a fine run-out and took a stunning catch off the bowling of young Tom Bacon to reduce the home side to 85 for three.

Rolleston’s middle-order all made solid contributions with Jason Niemand, a South Africa under-19 player capturing the eye with a good innings of 60.

During his knock Niemand was recalled after being given run-out by the umpire.

The batsman indicated that he had unintentionally been impeded by the bowler and this was sportingly accepted by Chesterfield skipper Alex Hibbert, who invited the home player to continue.

There were many positives for Chesterfield — their fielding was excellent with Sam Fawcett taking a magnificent steepling boundary catch alongside Wilmott’s skills.

Three young spinners — Luke Baddeley, Tom Bacon and Wilmott — boded well for the future for Chesterfield.

The pick of the bowlers was Kieron Garside, whose figures of two for 60 did not do justice to great spells of bowling.

The Chesterfield reply was going well at 54 for two, followed by two half-century stands to take them to 184 for four.

Alex Hibbert (59), Andrew Parkin-Coates (31), and Wilmott (35) all batted well but were up against some good Rolleston bowling.

After Hibbert went at 184 for five the innings fell away as the home bowlers got further on top.

Chesterfield were still in with a chance with four overs remaining but eventually they batted out time and finished on 205 – 8.

The Rolleston wicket keeper and captain, Richard Green, showed his class with three stumpings and two catches — the three stumpings taking care of the three Chesterfield batsmen who made the highest scores.

Chesterfield gained 11 points, which left them eighth in the Premier Division of the Derbyshire County League.