LOCAL cricket fans are being urged to come along and sample some Bank Holiday action as Matlock Cricket Club bid to lift some silverware on Monday.
Denby Cricket Club’s picturesque ground at The Copper Yard in the village is the setting for the 50-overs-a-side Marston’s Smooth Trophy final between Matlock and Swarkestone, getting under way at 12.30pm.
Matlock have already won one piece of silverware this season – the Orme Shield – and the final of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy should prove to be an exciting diversion from the ongoing Derbyshire County League Division One season.
Matlock made it into the final after a comfortable semi-final victory over Eckington and will be looking to extract some revenge for the heavy defeat inflicted on them by Swarkestone in the semi-finals of the County T20 competition.
Matlock Cricket Club’s secretary, Derrick Taylor, said: “We hope as many people as possible will come along on Bank Holiday Monday to support us because it’s a good ground for spectators at Denby.
“These big Marston’s Trophy games often attract good sized crowds and usually produce exciting cricket.
“It’s a big focal point of our season so we really want to win it.
“We can remember what happened when we lost in the final a few years ago and watching as the winners celebrated was a painful experience that we really don’t want to happen again.”
Derrick feels it is hard to predict how good a chance Matlock’s side has, at least not until the make-up of opponents Swarkestone’s line-up becomes clear.
“They play in Division One with us but they have some Derbyshire players in their side so it all depends if they are required by the county or not on the day of the final.
“That makes it difficult to predict.
“So I wouldn’t necessarily say we are favourites on the day but we’ll certainly be highly motivated as they really did thrash us at the County T20 finals day earlier in the season.”
Looking at who might prove to be the key men on the day for Matlock, Derrick replied: “It’s hard to look much further than first team captain Peter Camm.
“He’s the leader, the all-rounder, the lifeforce of the team.
“There’s also our overseas player Burton De Wett and if those two in particular find their top form, we’ve got a good chance on the day.”
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“We’ve also got a lot of young lads but if the likes of Chris Fletcher, Minesh Keshwala, Eddie Lander and Eddie Lowe come off, they are quite capable of helping to win that trophy.
“Added to that is the experience of Kevin Leatherday and club captain Steve Pell.
“Their efforts on the day could prove to be crucial.
It’s going to be an exciting day and we hope will support us as we try to lift the trophy.”