Cricket: Ben tops the scoring charts as early season form continues for Chesterfield

Ben Slater with another commanding innings fell four short of his century on Saturday
Ben Slater with another commanding innings fell four short of his century on Saturday

Chesterfield CC 276-2

Lullington Park CC 72-3

Chesterfield compiled a massive total but were thwarted once again by the weather in Saturday’s Derbyshire Premier match at Lullington.

The visitors posted 276 for two during a rain interrupted innings, with an unbeaten 110 from Wes Durston and another impressive display by Ben Slater (96).

The game petered out amongst further showers and the contest was classified as a mtach abandoned.

Slater continued in his rich vein of form and added 83 for the first wicket with Matt Fletcher (29) before he was joined by Durston.

Durston settled in with ten dot balls and then proceeded to lacerate the Lullington attack with an unbeaten 110 off the next 60 balls with 12 fours and six sixes.

The total had moved rapidly on to 246 by the time Slater was run out for a commanding 96, which made him the league’s leading scorer at this early stage of the season.

Durston raced past his century in the company of Ross Whiteley, who marked his return to his home club with a six during his brief stay at the crease, before the declaration came after 39 overs.

The total of 276-2 left Chesterfield in an unassailable position, but time was at a premium if they were to force a win.

Michael Deane opened up the possibility when he captured the key wicket of South African Martin Walters for 20, courtesy of a good catch by Whiteley.

Two wickets in quick succession left Lullington reeling at 35-3 before yet another stoppage for rain reduced the time left in the game, and led to the game being abandoned with the home team on 72-3.

Chesterfield remain in mid-table, undefeated but without a win so far this season and without a game this weekend, as Queen’s Park is kept clear for the visit of Yorkshire who play the Unicorns on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Marples’ men return to action the following Saturday with a visit to league leading Sandiacre Town for their fifth league match of the season.

Lullington Park seven points, Chesterfield 12 points