Chesterfield CC’s Matt Higginbottom shines with bat and ball at high flying Spondon

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Chesterfield’s Derbyshire Premier season took a turn for the better as they made it a second successive win when visiting high flying Spondon on Saturday.

Title challenging Spondon opted to bat first and were soon in desperate trouble at 13-4 as Matt Higginbottom and Michael Deane ripped through the upper order with some superb new ball bowling.

Attempts at recovery were undone with a further wicket for each of the opening bowlers but from the depths of 50-6 Spondon eventually found a durable partnership in Joe Ashdown and Chris Windmill who restored their side’s fortunes by adding 162 for the seventh wicket.

Windmill was out for 70 in the closing overs while Ashdown was not out for 123 when the 50 over closure saw Spondon on 252-7 with the wickets shared by Higginbottom (4-53) and Deane (3-84).

Facing a daunting target, Chesterfield made careful progress with an opening stand of 80 which ended with the dismissal of Mykylo Bird for 28 before the tempo increased with a run-a-ball 105 for the second wicket of which Nitish Kumar made 54.

At 185-2 and with opener Alex Hibbert having his best innings of the season it was a question of whether Chesterfield could find 68 runs in the final ten overs.

Their cause was not helped when two wickets fell soon after including Hibbert for an excellent 92 but any doubts were soon erased as Higginbottom smashed 53 off 23 balls with the fifth of his sixes winning the game with five balls to spare.

The defeat dented Spondon’s title aspirations but the win for Chesterfield was a big boost for their attempts to climb clear of the relegation zone. They climb one place to eighth but the pressure remains on with other lower placed sides having good results so the visit of second placed Swarkestone to Queen’s Park on Saturday becomes another key contest for Chesterfield.

Spondon seven points, Chesterfield 27 points.

Chesterfield II missed out in a closely contested game at Queen’s Park on Saturday when they struggled to get enough runs on the board batting first. Most batsmen got a start but only Rob Hiron (41) and Tim Kirk (53 not out) went on and 194-8 proved to be insufficient as Marehay won the game at 195-7 with an over to spare in spite of Kirk’s 3-45 off 14 overs.

Chesterfield III continued their recent good form with an eight-wicket win against Hollinsend Methodists on Saturday who struggled to reach 85 all out after early wickets for Julian Taylor (3-24) and a 5-4 return by David Adams.

Adams (35 not out) and Jack Adams (32 not out) took Chesterfield to 87-2 to a successful and early end to the match.

Chesterfield Sunday XI entertained The Wednesday on Sunday and posted 208-6 with an undefeated 81 from Alex Hibbert and contributions from Chris Worthy (35), Josh Fox (31) and Sam Fawcett (27).

The Wednesday reached 212-3 for a seven wicket win with seven balls to spare.