Another day, another special innings from Tom Knight today, as he put Chesterfield to the sword with a century from just 62 balls, as Swarkestone piled up a massive 319-6 in 50 overs.
Knight hit seven sixes and seven fours in his assault and was ably assisted by Wayne White, who hit 90 from 97 balls. It was always likely to be a tough chase for the visitors, who subsided to 174 all out, only Ben Slater with 85 making a substantial contribution. Former Derbyshire star Ross Whiteley endured a miserable match, his twelve overs going for 113 runs, while he scored only eight when he batted.
I feel for Wayne White, who had matured into a very good county cricketer at Leicestershire and has seen his career go nowhere in the first two years of a three-year deal at Lancashire. At his age he needs to be playing county cricket and aside from the money, the deal with the red rose county county has been a poor one for him. I still feel he could be a good signing for us if they were prepared to release him and he would give us good balance in the middle order.
There were three wickets for Wes Durston as Spondon beat a weakened Ticknall side, though his batting struggles continued with a first ball duck. I hope that Wes, a cricketer of considerable talent, rediscovers his form in the next couple of months as we could use him at his best. The blistering form of 2012 seems a long way off just now though.
More from me tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your evening and let's hope for an improved performance by the county side at Canterbury.