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Published: Friday 09 February, 2018

Chesterfield CC's Matt Higginbottom shines with bat and ball at high flying Spondon Windmill was out for 70 in the closing overs while Ashdown was not out for 123 when the 50 over closure saw Spondon on 252 7 with the wickets shared by Higginbottom (4 53) and Deane (3 84). Facing a daunting target, Nike MercurialX Kids Chesterfield made careful progress with an opening stand of 80 which ended with the dismissal of Mykylo Bird for 28 before the tempo increased with a run a ball 105 for the second wicket of which Nitish Kumar made 54. At 185 2 and with opener Alex Hibbert having his best innings of the season it was a question of whether Chesterfield could find 68 runs in the final ten overs.

Their cause was not helped when two wickets fell soon after including Hibbert for an excellent 92 but any doubts were soon erased as Higginbottom smashed 53 off 23 balls with the fifth of his sixes winning the game with five balls to spare. The defeat dented Spondon's title aspirations but the win for Chesterfield was a big boost for their attempts to climb clear of the relegation zone. They climb one place to eighth but the pressure remains on with other lower placed sides having good results so the visit of second placed Swarkestone to Queen's Park Nike Kids MercurialX Proximo II TF - Obsidian/White/Gamma Blue on Saturday becomes another key contest for Chesterfield. Spondon seven points, Chesterfield 27 points. Chesterfield II missed out in a closely contested game at Queen's Park on Saturday when they struggled to get enough runs on the board batting first. Most batsmen got a start but only Rob Hiron (41) and Tim Kirk (53 not out) went on and 194 8 proved to be insufficient as Marehay won the game at 195 7 with an over to spare in spite of Kirk's 3 45 off 14 overs.