Steadfast Slater among the runs


Lullington Park 212-6,

Chesterfield 183-8

(Derbyshire Premier League)

Chesterfield had to settle for a draw at Queen’s Park on Saturday after failing to take advantage of promising positions during the course of a match against the reigning champions.

Debutant fast bowler Johny Marsden struck the first blow for Chesterfield to end a 53-run opening partnership as Lullington looked to prosper on a good batting pitch.

Chesterfield kept chipping away with wickets but opener James Doherty looked secure stroking ten boundaries before being smartly stumped by Drage Thompson off the bowling of Brian Gladwin.

Doherty’s dismissal for 85 left Lullington on 161-5 and a run out two runs later put the visitors in some trouble.

Matt Sanderson (49 not out) and Alan Gough (25 not out) then added 49 valuable runs to take Lullington to a closing score of 212-6 which seemed somewhat below par given the favourable batting conditions.

This was underlined as Chesterfield made good early progress with Ben Slater passing 50 and the total on 123-2 when a game changing quarter of an hour saw four wickets tumbling in the space of four runs.

Chesterfield consolidated carefully but in so doing were starting to slip behind the clock and their prospects diminished further after the loss of two more wickets including Slater (76) left them on 159-8.

Michael Deane and Marsden batted out the final half hour in comparative comfort to underline the quality of the pitch and the inadequacy of the Chesterfield batting.

Paul Dawson (6-53) was the key performer for Lullington who took the majority of the points for a winning draw.

Chesterfield were left to rue another batting malfunction that had cost them dear in a game that should have been won.

On Saturday Chesterfield travel into Staffordshire for a league match against Dunstall.

Chesterfield nine points, Lullington Park 17 points

Chesterfield 2nd XI 252-8,

Morton Colliery 1st XI 177 all out,

(Derbyshire County League 4N)

James Colton led the way with a fine 62 as Chesterfield compiled a sizeable score at Morton on Saturday.

Matt Davison (43), Paul Goodwin (34) and Rob McCarroll (33) added useful contributions to enable Chesterfield to close on 252-8.

For Morton, Blair Matthews followed up his 4-87 with an innings of 34 but only Richard Hadfield (44) offered much resistance as the side struggled against the Chesterfield attack. Aidan Marsh (3-18) and Gautham Shiralagi (3-34) helped to take Chesterfield to a 75-run win with eight balls to spare.

Chesterfield remain in third place and look to maintain their good progress against Breadsall at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Morton Colliery eight points, Chesterfield 27 points.

Chesterfield 3rd XI 174-9,

Ashover 161-8

(Mansfield Sunday League)

Perrijay Blair (52) and Daniel Bennett (42) saw Chesterfield to 174-9 as Merrick Bull took 4-19.

Liam Illingworth (44), Daniel Walker (30) and Wayne Carlyne (33) took Ashover close to their target.

But Bennett (3-30) and Aiden Marsh (2-28) helped to deny Ashover a win leaving Chesterfield with a winning draw. Ashover nine points, Chesterfield 15 points.