(Derbyshire Premier League)
Chesterfield notched up a second successive win on Saturday when they won a high scoring game at The Grange by the narrowest of margins.
The decision to bowl first brought early dividends as Michael Deane ripped through the early order to leave the Ticknall innings in shreds at 24-3.
But Paul Borrington remained secure and the opener enhanced his reputation as the league’s highest scorer by moving relentlessly on to his fourth century of the season.
Partnerships with Shahid Khan (38) and Sam Jubber (51) took Ticknall to 249-6 before a frantic final four overs added 46 runs to take Ticknall to an imposing 295-8 with Borrington carrying his bat for 143.
Deane’s figures suffered in the late onslaught but he picked up another couple of wickets to record a career-best of 6-84 in Chesterfield colours.
Chesterfield set off at a rapid pace with James Pipe at the helm and the only breaks in proceedings were the halts in play to retrieve some of nine sixes that he dispatched far beyond the confines of the relatively short straight boundaries.
By the time he was run out with the total on 177-3, the former Derbyshire player seemed to have taken his side well on the way to a win with an astonishing innings of 131 off 64 balls.
The task had been reduced to a comparatively comfortable 119 runs off the best part of 30 overs with seven wickets in hand.
Matt Fletcher (30) and Simon Lacey helped to take the total up to 246-4 at which point a catastrophic collapse saw Lacey (33) the first of four wickets to fall in the space of 14 runs.
The odds swayed suddenly in Ticknall’s favour but three boundaries off the bat of Tim Kirk helped to add 25 runs for the ninth wicket and the game was back in the balance with the final wicket pairing needing 11 runs to win.
Chesterfield crept their way towards the target before a lusty drive from Deane reached the boundary to tie the totals and three balls later the same batsman broke the tight cordon to take his side to the narrowest of wins.
Kirk (15) and Deane (10) left the field to a mixture of jubilation and considerable relief after coming so close to losing a game that had seemed won after Pipe’s memorable innings at the top of the order.
Ticknall nine points, Chesterfield 22 points.
Chesterfield 343-1, Ticknall 301-6
(Derbyshire Premier League)
Chesterfield came out on top in a run riot at Queen’s Park on Sunday when they played Ticknall in a league game that had been rearranged to accommodate a Derbyshire game in August.
James Pipe picked up where he had left off the previous day against the same opponents as he dominated the bowling to record another hundred in an opening stand of 283.
Pipe’s dismissal for 160 brought little relief for Tickall as his replacement was Derbyshire’s Wes Durston who made the most of the few overs remaining to produce a cameo of an innings with a cultured 47 not out in 28 balls.
Meanwhile, Matt Fletcher continued in fine form and the young opener reached the memorable milestone of a maiden century just before the 50-over closure when Chesterfield had amassed a score or 343-1.
Chesterfield now had the problem of bowling a side out on a flat track and by the time that the Ticknall opening partnership had gone beyond 200 it seemed clear that this was an unlikely outcome.
The visitors retained hopes of winning the game but their good progress was halted by Durston’s off-spin as Paul Borrington (105) was the first of a four-wicket haul which included Luke Harvey (135).
The game now petered out to a draw with Ticknall falling 43 runs short of victory giving Chesterfield the lion’s share of the points in a game that produced the remarkable statistic of centuries for all four opening batsmen.
It was a good weekend’s work for Chesterfield who move up to fourth in the Premier League before a key encounter at Queen’s Park on Saturday when the visitors are league leaders Sandiacre Town.
Chesterfield 17 points, Ticknall eight points
Swarkestone 69 all out
(Cockspur Twenty20 Cup)
Ben Slater’s rapid 22 set Chesterfield on the way to a good 20-over score at Queen’s Park on Thursday evening.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 58 between Alex Hibbert (27) and Joe Cooper (35) and late runs from Simon Lacey (25) enabled Chesterfield to post a total of 144-8.
Tom Poynton (40) threatened to win the game for Swarkestone before Paul Goodwin broke his off stump and the rest of the visitors’ batting folded as Lacey took 4-14.
Tim Kirk (2-1) ended proceeding abruptly and Chesterfield moved on to the second round with a 75-run win.
Chesterfield 2nd XI 194-9, Clowne Town
1st XI 112 all out
Early runs from Dean Hopkinson (73) and James Colton (33) provided Chesterfield with a good base against the league leaders at Queen’s Park on Saturday.
But Josh Womble’s 4-50 threatened to derail the innings before late runs from Daniel Bennett (41) took Chesterfield to a closing score of 194-9.
Laura Slater took the new ball to devastating effect and the 16-year-old Derbyshire Women’s player recorded figures of 4-26 which with Bennett’s 2-27 left Clowne Town in disarray at 36-6.
Matthew Reid (50) dominated a seventh-wicket partnership of 85 but after his dismissal Hopkinson cleaned up the tail with 3-20 to leave Chesterfield the winners by an 82-run margin.
Chesterfield 27 points, Clowne Town five points.