Chesterfield edged out by Denby in Derbyshire Premier League

Denby v Chesterfield, pictured is Denby batsman Alex Eyre
Denby v Chesterfield, pictured is Denby batsman Alex Eyre

Chesterfield came close to a much-needed second win of the season on Saturday at Denby, only to fall at the final hurdle when they failed to get 21 runs off the final three overs with wickets in hand.

Denby proceeded with great care after opting to bat, scoring only 20 runs off their first ten overs against Matt Higginbottom and Michael Deane who beat the bat on numerous occasions without finding the edge.

Denby v Chesterfield, pictured is Chesterfield bowler Nitish Kumar

Denby v Chesterfield, pictured is Chesterfield bowler Nitish Kumar

Off spinners Nitish Kumar and Brian Gladwin finally made the breakthrough as Drage Thompson took a couple of good catches on the circle to dismiss openers Michael Mitchell (35) and Alexander Eyre (58).

However, from 126-2 South African Jurie Synman (43) took his side on to 163-3.

With overs in short supply the Burgoyne brothers combined to race past 200 with Peter making a rapid 42 and Daniel 26 not out as Denby closed on 221-6 with Kumar (3-80) and Gladwin (3-53) sharing the wickets.

The loss of an early wicket did little to deter Chesterfield as Kumar (36) scored freely before being third out with 63 on the board.

Ross Whiteley saw Chesterfield on to 146 before departing for a run-a-ball 62 after which Billy Holmes added 50 for the fifth wicket in company with Mat Roberts (37).

Entering the final three overs wanting 21 to win with five wickets in hand, Chesterfield were on the brink of victory but some tight bowling from Fraser Kirk (3-58) accounted for Holmes (41).

Denby were then able to defend their total as Chesterfield closed on 215-7 still seven runs adrift of their victory target.

Chesterfield remain at the lower end of the table and the quest for the elusive win continues at Queen’s Park on Saturday against a Lullington Park side who are just one place higher in the Premier League.

• Chesterfield’s second eleven continued their good run with a comprehensive win against Darley Dale at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

James Colton (42) and Luke Baddeley (25) gave Chesterfield a good start after which Callum Hiron (53), Aaron Jepson (60) and Louis Hurst (30) took their side to an imposing 272-8.

Darley Dale’s Sam Lightfoot took three wickets for 65 and there were a brace apiece for Dave Briggs and Simon Cotterill.

The visitors were soon in trouble at 20-3 as Louis Hurst (2-29) and Barney Kirk (1-18) made good use of the new ball.

Shaz Jamil (3-31) and Paul Goodwin (3-18) then proceeded to rip through the batting with some ferocious bowling.

Six wickets tumbled in the space of 26 runs before Jacob Hartley (47) was last man out with the total on 106 to give Chesterfield a 166-run victory and secure maximum points in the process.