Matlock 2nd XI looked to build on their recent improving form against an experienced South Wingfield side on Saturday.
Matlock opted to bat first. However with the capture of two early wickets, questions were being asked about the decision to bat.
This brought to the crease Matt Haywood and skipper Mark Burton, who both looked to take advantage of favourable batting conditions and shorter boundaries.
Both batted with confidence and style and Matt Haywood’s quickfire 47 was every bit as eye catching with the pair scoring quicker than at a run a ball.
But it was the captain who went on, belting an impressive 25 fours in his chanceless innings.
The opener fell in the 41st over for 143 with Matlock cruising.
Useful contributions from the swashbuckling Tom Coey (27) and creative Steve Else (22 not out) ensured Matlock posted an imposing 279–7.
South Wingfield’s pursuit got off to the best possible start, crashing their way to 85 off 12 overs. Matlock then turned to the economical Steve Haslam to rein in the reply, bowling a resolute nine overs, taking 2-15.
The South Wingfield chase looked forlorn from the moment Liam Mitchell (73) was dismissed by Haslam and with it the game turned. Matlock capitalised, taking successive wickets.
Tom Watkinson had proved most effective, finishing with 3-53 off his 13 overs. But the visitors’ hopes were dashed in the final over as South Wingfield held on to finish on 221-9 with Matlock having to settle for 19 points.