Club hopes fun day will net four-figure sum

MATLOCK CC held a successful event on Sunday to help contribute to capital projects that form part of a five-year development plan for the Causeway Lane-based club.

In respect of, and as a tribute, to Clarry Hill, president and Matlock CC’s sponsor and benefactor, the event was driven by club captain Steve Pell, and started with a sponsored six-mile walk down the Derwent riverside, a pleasant event in itself in this so-far brief summer

Back safely at Causeway Lane, the participant numbers were enlarged, perhaps attracted by a bar serving refreshments, a barbecue, stalls and cricket-featured games, the best being a catching competition of balls fired high into the air by the fielding practice machine.

There were raffles/tombola with an enormous number of donated wine and spirit bottles – most people managed a prize, some more than one.

There was, however, no doubt as to the most spectacular and enjoyable event of the day, an unusual 20-over game of cricket, loosely based on hard ball Kwik-Cricket rules, between Matlock CC over 25s, led by Steve Pell, and Under 25s, captained by the ever-enthusiastic Chris Fletcher.

The rules required that each pair of batsmen batted four overs and then retired, to be replaced by the next pair.

Each time a batsman was given out, the batsmen were deducted five runs, to which the advice given was “don’t worry about getting out just hit the next ball for six” – and so they did.

The under 25s batted first. The watching side were transmitted instructions via hooting signals to the incumbent batsmen, upon which they were expected to play a pre-arranged shot, for example a reverse sweep. The high spot of the innings was Devon Conway, batting in the last pair, scoring 50 not out from approx 12 balls (seven sixes, one four and a few singles), probably celebrating the 1,000 runs in the County League he completed on Saturday.

The over 25s got off to a slow start and the bets were on the under 25s. The middle order accelerated but only a final blast by Peter Camm and Steve Pell edged them over the line in the final over.

Celebrations followed and helped to fill the coffers, which, when all monies are collected and counted, should exceed £1,000.