Chesterfield suffer league and cup blow

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Chesterfield finally managed to play a game in July but the side were well off the pace against Ticknall at Queen’s Park on Saturday when they lost by 66 runs.

A curious set of coincidences had resulted in an unprecedented mid-season break of a month’s duration for Chesterfield, who looked rusty and had to toil long and hard, as Ticknall took advantage of batting first on a hard track in sunny conditions.

The Ticknall openers had taken the total on to 189 before Tom Wood was caught out for 79 followed shortly afterwards by Paul Borrington who was out in similar fashion for 107.

Wickets fell in the closing overs as Ticknall capitalised on their good start by chasing quick runs to reach an imposing 259-6 with Brian Gladwin (4-64) and Johny Marsden (2-59) the wicket takers.

Chesterfield slumped to 31-3 but Matt Fletcher and Drage Thompson consolidated the innings adding 73 in a little over an hour before Fletcher was adjudged leg before for 38.

Any lingering hopes of victory disappeared with the dismissal of Thompson who was bowled for 53 by Shahid Khad who quickly claimed another three wickets to finish with 5-27.

Sam Lang scored a quick 33 including two sixes off Mark Turner in a late flourish but Chesterfield failed to bat out the game as Ticknall wrapped up the win with 11 balls to spare. Chesterfield didn’t fare any better 24 hours later when York posted a mammoth 310-3 in the Royal London Cup.

Chesterfield crashed out of the competition (152 a/o) in York, who progressed to the quarter-finals of the national cup. It was the third attempt at playing on the Clifton Road ground, after two abandoned attempts, but it was not third time lucky for Chesterfield as York got away to a flyer with Daniel Woods smashing his way to a quick 42 making the most of the power play and some good fortune.

Johnny Marsden eventually accounted for Woods with an edge to the keeper but there was little respite for Chesterfield as Simon Lambert compiled a fluent 60 with Liam McKendry scoring a run-a-ball 105 and brother Ryan McKendry hitting 89 off 59 balls faced.

The resulting 310-3 off 45 overs was always going to be a severe test for Chesterfield and, with Ben Slater and Ross Whiteley ineligible due to county appearances, the task proved too much as wickets tumbled in an attempt to maintain a rapid rate.

Matt Fletcher top scored with 37 and Drage Thompson contributed 21 but the game as a contest was largely over and even a late 20 not out from Marsden failed to get them to the half way mark when bowled out for 152 leaving York the winners by a 158 run margin.

It all made for a disappointing weekend for Chesterfield and, in addition to exiting the national cup, they have compounded their problems in the Premier League, dropping one to ninth in the 12 team table.