Codnor CC 1sts lost at home to Chesterfield by six wickets on Saturday in Division 4N in the Derbyshire County Cricket League.
In a match sponsored by Julie’s Hairdressers, a quickfire 74 from Chesterfield skipper Paul Goodwin was the main difference between the two sides on this otherwise tight affair at the Goose Lane Arena.
Away skipper Goodwin won the toss on another Codnor pitch that was slow and low, and he asked the home side to take first knock.
Leo and Colson found it difficult in the opening exchanges, and Leo was the first to go when he was trapped in front. This brought Codnor skipper Lee Colledge to the crease, and he set about increasing the run rate as he attacked the Chesterfield bowlers.
Colson was the next to go, as he was bowled by Goodwin for 9.
Woolley was next in, and with Colledge he began to build a partnership, but after making his maiden half century of the season, Colledge was bowled for 52.
Woolley followed soon after a gritty 18, which meant Neil Sparham and Aaron Wood were at the crease. A good partnership was needed if Codnor were going to post a reasonable total, and they set about building one.
Singles were taken readily, and with the occasional boundary the run rate was increasing.
Once the time came to really go after the bowlers though, Wood was caught on the boundary attempting another six, and Vincent was run out.
This left Buxton to face the very last ball of the innings, and in typical Buxton style he only missed the ball by a few yards and was stumped. Sparham finished the innings on 36 not out, and Codnor ended with what looked like a reasonable total of 166-7 on the wicket they had just batted on.
Things started off very well for the home side, as Ben Wood took the wickets of Jepson and McCarroll in successive balls, and then Bonsall followed that up with a wicket of his own to leave the away side teetering on 25-3.
Skipper Goodwin came in though, and started to take the attack to the Codnor bowlers. He was ably assisted by opener Badderley, who ended up with a well made 40 not out.
But Goodwin was the star really, as he seemed to find the timing that no other batsman on the day could, and assisted with Tim Bresnan’s old bat, he found the roof of the new pavilion – the first player to do so since its construction. Goodwin seemed as if he was marching his way to a century, but a fantastic run out by Aaron Wood saw the skipper on his way.
The damage had already been done though, and Tim Kirk made a quickfire 24 at the end to see the away side past the 166 mark inside 30 overs.
The first team look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Clay Cross.