Slater smashes 117


Chesterfield 1st XI 231-5, Ticknall 1st XI 207-7

(Derbyshire Premier League)

Chesterfield put their recent indifferent form behind them with a good all round performance at Queen’s Park on Saturday that saw them win on points against Ticknall.

Ben Slater and Paul Burdett set out their stall to occupy the crease after Chesterfield had been put in to bat first on a pitch providing prodigious movement in the early part of the day.

Runs were at a premium but the pair protected a batting line-up that has on occasions looked fragile and by the time Burdett was stumped for 34 in the 33rd over the total had moved on to 111 and Chesterfield had established a sound base.

The momentum increased with the arrival of Wes Durston who reached 40 in just over half an hour before top edging a sweep shot to be caught on the boundary.

By then the score had advanced to 176-2 and Slater took centre stage reaching his third Premier League century for Chesterfield with a six and following up with a four to take his side past 200.

Slater was out in the final over of the innings for 117 and Chesterfield closed on 231-5 after weathering well the difficult conditions.

The prospects of defending this total looked brighter when Michael Deane clean bowled Derbyshire’s Paul Borrington in the fifth over with only three runs on the board.

A second wicket partnership added 59 before Rhodri Evans (31) became the first of three quick wickets for Simon Lacey.

Johny Marsden then took the wicket of opener Luke Harvey (47) as Ticknall slipped to 97-5 but further success eluded Chesterfield for the next hour as Shahid Khan and Rupert Scott-Jones took the total on to 190.

Matt Higginbottom squashed any chances of Ticknall reaching their target by running out Khan for 47 and then taking the wicket of Scott-Jones for 41.

At 192-7 and with only three overs remaining Ticknall settled for the losing draw leaving Chesterfield with the better points return which enabled them to move up one place to third in the Premier table.

Chesterfield are at Queen’s Park for a second successive home game on Saturday when they entertain a Rolls Royce side who are bottom of the table.

Chesterfield 16 points, Ticknall ten points