Heanor battle to losing draw

A SUNNY and breezy day at the Town Ground greeted visitors Chesterfield second XI who hastily won the toss and elected to bat on a flat looking track.

They began to score at a steady rate, J Colton and A Jepson laying the foundations with a 37-run opening partnership before Colton was well caught at slip by Trevor Hessey off the bowling off newly signed Graham McDonough.

D Hopkinson was then dismissed for five in a similar manner before R McCarroll caught in a similar manner before R McCarroll joined Jepson at the crease.

With the score on 91, Jepson was trapped plumb lbw for 56, also off the bowling of McDonough.

This brought A Davison to the crease who added a 79-run partnership with McCarroll before himself being trapped lbw for 25 by Adrian Mann (2 for 42).

McCarroll was bowled by Jordan Halford (1 for 56) for 67 before M Davison fell to Mann and D Bennett added 26 not out as Chesterfield finished 253-6.

The pick of the Heanor bowlers was McDonough who took 3 for 62 off 14 overs on his Heanor debut.

In reply, Heanor got off to a good start and were 58-0 after the first ten overs.

Josh Brear and Ali Dixon scored freely thanks to some generous bowling by N Mallender, but with the score on 62 Brear was given out caught behind.

Trevor Hessey added a further 65 runs with Dixon to put Heanor within striking distance of the Chesterfield total, and when Dixon was out lbw for 62, the in-form Andy Brear came to the crease who added a further 26 with Hessy before also being given lbw for 17.

McDonough was bowled first ball by S Lang but Andy Taylor and Hessey added 43 more before Taylor was bowled for 17 by Mallender.

Kev Barber then came in and looked instantly in form, but the required rate had climbed and a win didn’t look likely.

Hessey finally got out for a good looking 62 before Mann and Barber steered Heanor to within 22 runs of victory to secure a draw.

The pick of the Chesterfield Bowling was former Heanor player Dean Hopkinson with 14 overs 2 for 45.

Second XI

Heanor 2nds visited Whitemoor to play bottom side Belper Meadows but found a sting in the tail.

Heanor were put in and again the openers, Andy Matthews with 34 and Gary Hickinbotham with 33, got past 50 until the first wicket fell at 59.

This led to further wickets and Heanor began to struggle on a wicket giving help to the bowlers.

Mark Fletcher made 12 and Mark Prance 18 as Heanor crept to the finishing total of 137 for 9, which was difficult to defend.

Meadows were soon in trouble at 15 for 2 but Hudson made 52 despite being dropped and held the innings together.

At 100-5 Heanor were still in it and at 112-7 sensed victory but it was not to be. The home side fought hard to win without losing another wicket and just nine balls to go. Steve Halford took 3 for 28, Steve Literski 2 for 22 and Andy Mann 2 for 42.