End of season round up
Chesterfield Cricket Club closed their season last month in fourth place despite a disappointing away loss to Denby CC by just two runs.
Chesterfield’s 1st XI missed out on second spot in the league when they started the afternoon at High Bank. But the loss by just two runs caused them to take fourth sport behind champions Sandiacre Town, Spondon took second and Eckington ended in third.
But the club has improved an unbelievable amount over the season, as along with new head coach Andrew Parkin-Coates, they rose from third bottom in 2016 to fourth.
Andrew Parkin-Coates was appointed by the club as head coach over the winter. The former captain of the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Academy XI commented on why he chose to join the club:
“I spoke to a number of people about it, people whose view I respected and knew me and what I wanted to achieve.”
Parkin-Coates met with Chairman Mike Taylor and last year’s captain Drage Thompson, of Toad, prior to his appointment: “they really impressed me with their friendliness, knowledge and expectations for the club. I knew almost immediately that this was the club for me.”
Their start to the season was rather slow and only triumphed once in the whole of April with a winning draw against Alvaston & Boulton at home. Their first win of the season came at the beginning of May where Chesterfield narrowly defeated Marehay by one run.
15-year-old Luke Baddeley had an amazing start to the season being the pick of the bowlers for two out of three of their first XI matches. Whilst bowling against Cleethorpes in April, Baddeley put the batsmen under extreme pressure as his first six overs had only 18 runs off them.
Baddeley featured again against Denby in the last game of the season and his bowling was strong – only 14 runs came from his six overs. Ben Jenkins also had an impressive debut at High Bank with just 6 overs for 18. A home win for Chesterfield against Eckington CC on the second to last game of the season saw Josh Savage (pictured below) take the clubs premier league bowling record for the season from the veteran Brian Gladwin.
Savage now holds the record with 53 wickets for the season and despite a very successful campaign at the club he had to return to his native country of South Africa just before the last game of the season.
Mike Taylor said “Josh has had a remarkable time with us. Not only has he triumphed with the First XI but he has also helped at all levels of the club.”
The South African said he would miss the people at the club but was looking forward to seeing his son when he gets home to Cape Town: “I’d like to thank everyone for welcoming me into the family” he added.
Chesterfield supporters said his bowling was the most aggressive they had seen for a long time after a remarkable 8-60 in the win against Sandiacre Town in August.
Veteran Brian Gladwin claimed two wickets in his last 1st XI match for Chesterfield, but he will continue to play and will be an important asset for the 2nd XI in the upcoming season.
Both teams highlighted the importance of Gladwin’s role for the 1st XI and he received a guard of honour following the match for giving his life to the club over the years, along with his wife, Sheryl who does a lot for the club.
Chesterfield’s second XI could be looking to mount on their success in the next campaign after finishing third in the Division four North this season finishing just below Spondon who claimed the title and Holmesfield.
The second XI’s season hit off with a winning draw at home to Selston Town, but it was soon pulled down by a rocky April and May, only two wins coming in as many months.
Their season took a dramatic turn after a five wicket win away at Quardon at the end of May, the second XI’s form improved and after only losing three matches in the whole of June, July and August, they were on track for a terrific season.
Both Chesterfield’s XI and second XI have prepared themselves for an exciting 2018 season. With major improvements from 2016, both teams moved up six places in the table in the space of just one season and will no doubt be aiming for first place next year.
Words: Abbey Harmsworth
Pictures: John Windle