Low-key start to Premier campaign


Rolls Royce 233 all out,

Chesterfield 146 all out


Premier League)

Chesterfield’s Premier League campaign got off to a poor start with a disappointing display against Rolls Royce at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

They allowed the visitors too many runs and then batted poorly to finish well short of the target.

Rolls Royce accelerated away at a rapid pace undeterred by the loss of two early wickets.

Chesterfield came back into the game with a couple of wickets from Simon Lacey including Sahd Shafiq for a fluent 52.

At 96-5 Chesterfield were well placed but Srikanth Venkatappa (46) and Mehmoon Tariq (37) saw their side through to an imposing 233 all out after 47 overs in spite of an excellent 4-50 from Paul Goodwin.

Shahzada Khan then destabilised the Chesterfield reply with three quick wickets from which they never recovered, sinking to 86-7.

A breezy partnership of 58 between Brian Gladwin (28) and Michael Deane (27) restored a degree of respectability to the total before a clatter of wickets ended the innings 88 runs short of the victory target.

Chesterfield six points, Rolls Royce 27 points

Chesterfield 2nd XI 188 for 4,

Darley Dale 1st XI 121 for 9

(Derbyshire County

League 4N)

Chesterfield opened the season with a strong batting performance at the Station Road ground as Aaron Jepson’s enterprising 44 was followed by good contributions from Dean Hopkinson (32) and Matt Davison (39 not out).

The total of 188-4 proved too much for Darley Dale as they struggled against the bowling of Tim Kirk who took 4-17 in 14 meticulous overs of off-spin to leave Chesterfield with the lion’s share of the points.

Darley Dale five points, Chesterfield 18 points

Chesterfield 3rd XI 147 all out,

Firbeck 148 for 7

(Mansfield Sunday League)

Runs from Aiden Marsh (38 not out) and Stuart Baddeley (28) helped Chesterfield to reach 147 all out at Firbeck on Sunday and Carl Bowling took 3-53 as they gamely defended that total before going down by a three-wicket margin.