Rolleston get the better of Chesterfield
A magnificent 167-partnership between Gareth Marshall and Tom Liversage of Rolleston formed the basis of the home side's winning draw against Chesterfield on Saturday.
After winning the toss Rolleston decided to make use of their home wicket first.
Chesterfield, with another good opening bowling spell from Matt Higginbottom and Michael Dean, did well to restrict them to 50-3 but then the game was taken away from them by the partnership between Marshall and Liversage.
The latter was out for 82 with the score on 217-4 and Rolleston continued to collect runs, eventually finishing on 275-5.
Unfortunately Gareth Marshall finished on 98 not out and was unlucky to lose out on a well-deserved century.
The Chesterfield bowlers stuck to their task throughout the Rolleston innings with Matt Higginbottom and Brian Gladwin each claiming two wickets and Michael Deane taking 1-28 from his nine overs.
Chesterfield were soon in trouble on 23-2 in reply but then Ross Whiteley and Alex Hibbert came together and played very well before Whiteley went for 60 with the score on 116-3.
Alex Hibbert continued playing with great care and his usual skill despite the Chesterfield innings crumbling around him.
Only Michael Deane (17) offered him any further real support as the Rolleston bowlers impressively kept gaining wickets.
Chesterfield ended on 204-9 at the end of their 50 overs with Alex Hibbert still there on 75 not out – another good innings from one of Chesterfield’s most reliable batsmen.
A winning draw for the home side gave Rolleston 19 points and Chesterfield eight points.