Evans scores Chesterfield century

SCORE | Day 2, Second XI Championship: Derbyshire Second XI 158 & 198-2 v Leicestershire Second XI 270


REPORT | By Pete Johnson

I was up and at it early this morning before the dawn chorus had properly cleared its throat. Chesterfield FC football ground, The Proact Stadium’ is a cover drive away from our hotel, so a pre breakfast amble around the outside of the ground formed my early morning constitutional. I had visited the stadium before (of course) to see a match, against Accrington Stanley (November 2010), but you can’t beat having a look round old haunts.

I also had a look around the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden, and recognised quite a few of the players names from The Spireites’ past. After my regulation Full English I was called into immediate action upon arrival at the cricket ground at Queens Park. Steve, Scorer Support Executive, and Chesterfield CC all can do man asked me to assist him in ushering about three dozen Canadian Geese away from the boundary’s edge, and into the nearby lake. Mission accomplished, Goose Whisperer par excellence!

After 16 wickets had fallen on day one, only six wickets fell on the second day. Leicestershire CCC being finally dismissed for 270, a lead of 112 runs. In their second innings Derbyshire CCC closed on 198-2, holding a lead of 86 runs. The highlight of the day was Sam Evans going from his overnight 77 not out to complete his 100, and going on to make 135 before being run out.

There were again a good number of spectators present when the teams took to the field on a warm, humid morning. The grass bank beneath the trees, in front of the fair, was well populated as were the seats around the Pavilion. The Toddlers playground and café at the Lake End were doing brisk business too.

Just before play started a spectator, just outside the open window of our refuge, commented that he was leaving early today to attend Derby County’s game with Ipswich Town tonight. I enquired of him as to his opinion of three former Foxes now with The Rams, David Nugent, Tom Lawrence and Martyn Waghorn, and other tenuous links between Derby County and Leicester City. At the end of our conversation he expressed complete amazement that a cricket scorer had such in depth knowledge of football. Quiet, unassuming bloke me, would not say boo to a goose.

Leicestershire CCC resumed from their overnight 168-6. Sam Evans 77* Ash Trusz 3*. Evans and Trusz had added 16 runs when Trusz (7, 38b) received a fierce rising delivery from Sam Conners that struck him on the grill, knocked his helmet off, the ball ricocheting onto the stumps, Trusz out bowled. A painful blow for Trusz who left the field in the company of the physio, who continued to monitor him as the day went on.

Just before the unfortunate incident with Trusz, Tim Murray appeared at my window, and relayed a couple of tales to me. You may recall that a couple of weeks ago travellers briefly camped out on the Queens Park square, turning up at 3.45pm on a Friday afternoon. Tim turned up the following day in the hope of watching Chesterfield v Denby (have cap will travel).

On approaching the ground at around 12.20pm, he was informed that the game was off. He nearly didn’t make it here today either as he was sitting on platform 1 at Leicester Station, just after 10.00am reading his paper, when he suddenly realised his train for Chesterfield at 10.04am was departing from platform 2. Luckily Tim just got on board in time.

David Sayer joined Evans, and the pair added 40 for the 8th wicket. Sayer was the dominant partner taking left arm spinner Tom Brett for a maximum over extra cover, and 3 sweetly struck boundaries. Evans was nudging singles, and played out four maidens - two from Brett and two from Conners. Sayer (28, 49b) went bowled by spinner Josh Lacey. County 221-8 from 67.4 overs. Ed Moulton joined Evans, and showed that he could handle a bat. The pair had added five runs when Evans went to a thoroughly deserved 100 (207b, 14x4). Evans had been like the temperature in Spain - in the 90s for a long while.

The effervescent Evans went to 90* after 54.3 overs, he went to his 100 after 70.3, 16 overs later. He actually faced 42 balls in the nineties. Soon after reaching his century, Evans reverse-swept Malik to the ropes. Evans at the time batting at the Lake End, going swimmingly well.

Moulton played a patient supporting role making six runs from 61 deliveries, including helping Evans repel the new ball. Moulton could well be involved in Brexit negotiations soon as he seems very comfortable working hard when nothing much is happening. Seriously, an innings tailored to the occasion, and keeping an end up whilst Evans was in the 90s.

Evans and Moulton had added 46 for the ninth wicket when Moulton was pinned in front by Sam Connors with the first ball of the sixth over with the new ball. Evans was last man out when he played the final delivery of the same over in which Moulton was dismissed to the extra cover area, went for a run to take the bowling, was sent back by Nat Bowley, but failed to make his ground.

Evans out for 135 (246b, 21x4). A gritty, determined innings from Evans who made exactly 50 per cent of Leicestershire CCC’s total. County all out for 270 from 86 overs, Bowley 2*. Wicket-takers for Derbyshire CCC were Conners 4-90 from 24, Brett 2-72 from 32, Lacey 2-25 from 10, and Wanford 1-39 from 11. Leicestershire CCC taking a lead of 112 runs, the innings coming to a close at 1.12pm so Lunch was taken.

Derbyshire CCC made a solid reply as James Kettleborough and Rahib Ali added 72 for the first wicket. Their 50 partnership came from 95 balls.  Ali (32, 77b) was brilliantly caught by keeper Lewis Hill, one-handed, diving to his right in front of first slip off the bowling of Ben Mike.

In the final over before tea, Kettleborough went to his 50 (99b, 6x4) when the score reached 111-1 from 36.1 overs. Two balls later Kettleborough chased a delivery from Don Butchart, got an edge and was caught by Aadil Ali at slip. Tea was immediately taken with Calum Broderick (18*, 41b).

Tom Wood joined Broderick and the pair stayed together until stumps. Their 50-run partnership was recorded from 122 balls. Wood went to his 50 (79b, 9x4). Aadil turned in a miserly spell of spin bowling in the evening session 13-6-13-0.

Wicket-takers for Leicestershire were Ben Mike 1-35 from 13, and Don Butchart 1-38 from 8. At close of play, Derbyshire CCC were 198-2 from 73 overs, Broderick 45* (167b), Wood 54* (93b). A lead of 86 runs. Derbyshire CCC 5 points, Leicestershire CCC 7 points.

* The third and final day of this Championship game gets underway at 11am today. Leicestershire Second XI is next in action at the Fischer County Ground against the same opposition in a 50-over Friendly starting at 11.30am.