Cricket: Chesterfield defy the odds in run chase

Sam Lang knocks off the bails
Sam Lang knocks off the bails

Denby CC 264-2

Chesterfield CC 203-6

Sam Lang hits a big six

Sam Lang hits a big six

Chesterfield secured their third consecutive draw in the Derbyshire Premier on Saturday at Queen’s Park, but unlike the earlier drawn games they were never pressing for a win on a day dominated by Denby.

Western Australia’s Cameron Bancroft and local batsman Alexander Eyre took the game away from the hosts with an opening stand of 188 before Eyre was run out for a well-crafted 87.

Bancroft continued through the innings to finish on 135 not out in an imposing total of 264-2 with Chesterfield left rueing some untidy bowling and a few lapses in the field.

Chesterfield started brightly before openers Matt Fletcher (27) and Ben Slater (37) were dismissed in quick succession with the score on 71 and the fall of four further wickets culminating in the dismissal of Paul Burdett (28) left the side in some trouble at 123-6.

Minesh Keshwala (22 not out) and Sam Lang (53 not out) made sure that there were no further mishaps as they batted through the best part of an hour to save the game.

Leg spinner Lang, 17, finished with a flourish to record his maiden Premier League 50 and augment a meagre points return for Chesterfield who were very much second best.

Chesterfield’s fortunes improved on Monday when they retained the Mayor’s Cup in a Twenty 20 match against The Derbyshire Academy.

The Adademy posted a score of 143-6 on with runs at a premium against the spin bowling of Lang (2-22) and Lacey (1-20).

Ben Slater and Matt Fletcher (31) opened up for Chesterfield with a stand of 89 in good time and by the time Slater was out for 57 in the 13th over the score was 101-3,

Any hopes the Academy had of claiming the cup rapidly disappeared as Lang made a blistering 30 off 14 deliveries and with support from Adam Bedford (18 not out) the pair saw Chesterfield home by a seven wicket margin with the comfort of two overs to spare.

The Mayor of Chesterfield, councillor Donald Parsons, in one of the final duties of his year of office, presented the cup to Chesterfield captain Simon Lacey.

Chesterfield travel to south Derbyshire on Saturday in the league against fourth-placed Lullington Park.
Chesterfield seven points, Denby 18 points.