Relieved Chesterfield finally pulled off only their second win of the season in the Derbyshire Premier League when edging out Lullington Park in the last over at Queen’s Park.
Chasing Lullington’s total of 232, Chesterfield were effectively robbed of seven overs by the intervention in mid-innings of rain, which raised the required run-rate to nine an over.
But they got home in the nick of time with two wickets to spare thanks to mighty sixes off the last ball of the penultimate over and the first of the last by Paul Goodwin and skipper Drage Thompson (15 not out).
On a day when most matches were abandoned because of the weather, the victory, which earned them 27 points, was a major boost to the quest for survival by Thompson’s troops, who will look to build on the success when they take on high-flying Spondon this Saturday.
Lullington had elected to bat first and were soon two wickets down to Nutish Kumar (3-32 in nine overs), who later performed heroics to take a catch off his own bowling.
But they recovered well in the hands of captain Matt Sanderson (40, one six and five fours), who figured in successive half-century stands (54 and 64) with opener Jamie Goodwin (48, ten fours) and then Paul Dawson (23).
A burst of wickets from Paul Goodwin (3-33 in 11 overs) removed Sanderson and helped to reduce the visitors from 131-3 to 137-6. But not until the last ball of the 50th over did Chesterfield get rid of Lullington, who rallied gamely via late-order batsmen Nick Richards (29), Joe Cain (24) and Daniel Gough (18).
Brian Gladwin (2-27 in seven overs) finally polished them off, but it was not the home team’s finest day in the field as they conceded another alarmingly high count of extras (30).
Chesterfield’s reply got off to the worst possible start when opener Ben Slater was trapped lbw for a duck. But Mykolo Bird steadied the ship, sharing stands of 47 with Kumar (14) and 57 with Billy Holmes (32, four fours) before he too fell lbw, for 44 (seven fours).
After Holmes had departed, followed by Matthew Roberts, the locals were wobbling on 142-5, especially with the rain complicating matters. However, an excellent knock of 56 off only 43 balls by Harvey Hosein pulled them round. Hosein, who fired one six and six fours, put on 63 for the sixth wicket with Gladwin, whose 30 from 24 balls also helped the cause.
Chesterfield 2nd’s Derbyshire County League, Division Four North match at Alfreton 2nd was abandoned after rain fell. The home side were 29-2 at the time, chasing Chesterfield’s 253-7, which featured 68 from Alex Hibbert, 52 from Callum Hiron asnd 38 from Chris Worthy.