Ilkeston Rutland 194 all out, Chesterfield 198-7
Drage Thompson led a valiant recovery to take Chesterfield through to a three-wicket win at Queen’s Park on Saturday after they were in grave danger of defeat against Ilkeston.
The match was a keenly contested affair which belied the gulf between the sides with Chesterfield chasing the leaders and Ilkeston anchored at the bottom of the Premier League.
The decision to put Ilkeston in to bat paid early dividends as new ball bowlers Michael Deane and Paul Goodwin had taken a wicket apiece with 32 runs on the board.
But Ilkeston rely heavily on David Smit and the second highest scoring batsman in the league this season was showing ominous signs of another big score after surviving a confident appeal for caught behind off Brian Gladwin.
Smit’s normally aggressive style was tempered with the loss of a third wicket on 81 by which time runs were at a premium with tight bowling supported by sharp fielding.
The mounting pressure produced a wicket in the 33rd with the score on 121 when Gladwin finally had his man.
In missing an attempted sweep, Smit was adjudged leg before by match umpire Harold Rhodes.
The Chesterfield spinners had now exerted a grip on the game which Ilkeston failed to break as wickets tumbled and the side was all out for 194 in the last of the allotted 50 overs.
Gladwin finished with 2-63 but Simon Lacey was the chief architect of the collapse with 3-43 off 15 unchanged overs through the central section of the Ilkeston innings while Tim Kirk’s 3-24 hastened the premature closure.
Chesterfield started brightly passing 50 in the ninth over before the loss in quick succession of Alex Hibbert (21) and James Pipe (33).
The departure of the two openers was the start of collapse with five wickets lost in the space of 15 runs as the innings imploded and Ilkeston scented their second win of the season.
But Chesterfield dug in and made steady progress with a series of partnerships as Thompson shepherded his side home.
The first of these partnerships added 49 invaluable runs and featured a hard hitting 28 in 30 minutes from Aaron Jepson.
Chris Marples (16) then joined Thompson in a stand of 43 runs to take the total on to 159-7 before the third of the three match-winning partnerships which included a breezy 21 not out from Gladwin.
Thompson’s contribution was critical to Chesterfield’s success and he remained undefeated on 63 as his side crossed the line with three wickets in hand and 15 overs to spare.
Chesterfield remain in fourth place but face a blank weekend as their game at Queen’s Park on Saturday has been rescheduled to make way for a Woman’s One Day International when Australia play India.
Before then, Australia play New Zealand today and both internationals are 50-over a side games starting at 10.45am with free admission.
Chesterfield 22 points, Ilkeston Rutland six points.
Alfreton 2nd XI 107 all out, Chesterfield 2nd XI 108-7
Chesterfield made it back-to-back wins at Alfreton Park on Saturday when they come out on top in a low scoring match.
Nigel Mallender led the Chesterfield attack in superb style to finish with 6-34 and Dean Hopkinson chipped in with 3-20 as Alfreton were hustled out for 107.
Hopkinson and Rob McCarroll helped Chesterfield edge toward victory which was secured after Daniel Bennett top-scored with 20.
Chesterfield move up a place to second in the table and travel to Marehay on Saturday hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
Alfreton four points, Chesterfield 22 points.