Hibbert leads Chesterfield to victory


Rolls Royce 1st XI 155 all out, Chesterfield 1st XI 157-4

(Derbyshire Premier League)

Chesterfield made light of missing players and a rain-delayed start to wrap up their third league success of the season with a win against Rolls Royce at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

But the team at the foot of the table made a bright start accelerating away with 42 runs in the opening half hour before Johny Marsden captured the wicket of Imran Khan for a breezy 21 that included five boundaries.

Simon Lacey and Brian Gladwin applied an effective brake as both batsmen became bogged down and in trying to force the pace handed each of the spinners a return catch.

Rehan Iqbal (36) was one of the victims as Rolls Royce slipped to 89-3 but a confident fourth wicket partnership took the total on to 126 before Lacey struck with wickets off successive balls.

He had Sahd Shafiq (29) caught in the outfield and with the batsmen crossing had Raja Sohail Haider caught behind for 23.

This presaged an ignominious ending with the final five wickets falling for 29 runs as Rolls Royce were bowled out for 155.

Fourteen overs apiece from the spinners did the damage with Lacey taking 4-38 in addition to a direct hit run out amidst the carnage and Brian Gladwin taking 3-26.

Johny Marsden topped and tailed the innings to finish with 2-19 from 9.1 overs of hostile pace from the young bowler who is finding success with Derbyshire’s Second XI.

Undeterred by the loss of an early wicket, Paul Burdett (26) and Alex Hibbert added 60 for the second wicket with the benefit of 22 extras from a wayward attack.

A double strike by paceman Shahzada Khan with the score on 67 raised Rolls Royce’s hopes and another wicket at this stage could have derailed the Chesterfield chase.

But Hibbert was finding good form and with the assistance of a determined Joe Cooper and a further 21 extras the pair added 70 to take their side to the cusp of victory when Joe Cooper was out for 17.

Hibbert saw his side through to a six wicket win with time to spare as he finished on 54 not out with Chesterfield the beneficiaries of a remarkable sum of 46 extras.

The win enabled Chesterfield stay in fourth place on a day when the top five sides all won their games.

On Saturday Chesterfield travel to Derby for a key encounter with fifth placed Ockbrook & Borrowash.

Chesterfield 22 points, Rolls Royce four points.