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Chesterfield chafe despite Whitely riches

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Sandiacre reigned supreme after a crushing win at Spondon which took them to the top of the Beechwood Saab Premier Cricket League after Ockbrook crashed to defeat at home to Quarndon.

Lullington stayed third but only just as bottom club Elvaston come within seven runs of victory in a thriller.

Chesterfield made the second-highest score in Premier League history but they could only draw with a stubborn Alfreton despite Ross Whiteley posting a double century - only the fourth in the league's history.

Matlock slumped again at home to Ilkeston, and in the key relegation clash Dunstall beat A&B to give themselves some breathing space.

Chesterfield declared on 379 for three, a high score which suggested their bowlers had confidence in their ability to bowl Alfreton out in the following innings.

Chesterfield's James Pipe hit 88 and a man of the match performance from Whiteley who hit an unbeaten 204 helped them to their intimidating total. Alfreton worked hard in a reply led by Tom Bentley who made an unbeaten 74.

They finished on 175 for five off 53 overs, giving them five points and Michael Deane was the only Chesterfield bowler to trouble the Alfreton order with his figures of 3-60.

Alvaston & Boulton took six points from their visit to Dunstall. The away side put on 257 for six off their 50 overs with Steve Stubbings hitting 75 and Ben Perry-Taylor making 94.

In reply, Dunstall reached the total set by A and B with two overs to spare; the hosts were 258 for two at the close.

Contributions came from man of the match James Benstead who was not out for 94, Carl Eyden who added 30 and Scott Chilman who was also not out for 65, all helping Dunstall to a 22 point win.

Lullington Park took 17 points from the visit of Elvaston. The home side declared on 261 for five with Andy Goodwin hitting 67, Jonny Shales making 33, Paul Dawson reaching 37 and Rudi Hillerman not out for 72.

Joe Cooke finished with figures of 3-88, which proved expensive for Elvaston who were six runs off the winning total after 52 overs. The visitors finished on 255 for nine. Charlie Ault made 52, Danny Randell hit 30, Richard Johnson reached 73 not out and Paul Birch finished on 70. However man of the match Rudi Hillerman took 3-58 for Lullington who went away better off.

Matlock managed only four points from the visit of Ilkeston after they posted 140 all out in the final and 50th over.

Contributions came from Kevin Leatherday who hit 33 and Peter Camm also hitting 33. Ilkeston’s Iain Banks finished with 3-35, George Moulds took 3-39 and Dave Smit finished with 3-28 giving Ilkeston the upper hand. In reply, the visitors made 141 for seven off 33.1 overs.

Lyndell Richardson hit 30; Dave Smit made 44 whilst Matlock’s Peter Camm (3-44) and Eddie Lowe (3-45) could not do enough to prevent Ilkeston the win.

Quarndon ensured their visit to Ockbrook was worthwhile. The away side took 27 points with the help of Matt Dowman’s six wicket haul.

Quarndon set the score of 229 for nine for Ockbrook to chase, with Robin Briscoe hitting 58 for the side, Graham Wagg adding 30 and Mohammed Sultan contributing with 36.

Ockbrook’s Jake Needham then finished with figures of 3-75. In reply, it seemed the damage Matt Dowman was doing with the ball was enough to end Ockbrook’s innings in 29.3 overs giving the hosts a total of four points as they made 90 runs.

At Spondon, Sandiacre made 222 for eight with James Chapman hitting 38 and Ant Woolley reaching 76.

Also assisting was Lloyd Hobson who made 36. Spondon’s Joe Ashdown finished with figures of 5-58 however his side were dismissed by the attack of Dan Wheeldon (4-22) and Chapman (4-9) for 100 runs in 34.5 overs.

The only Spondon contribution was that of Chris Windmill who hit 51 not out giving his side four points.