Cup success as Matlock reach Premier T20 finals

good weekend: Matlock's Kevin Leatherday (right) adds runs to the board against Sawley & Long Eaton Park at Causeway Lane on Saturday.
good weekend: Matlock's Kevin Leatherday (right) adds runs to the board against Sawley & Long Eaton Park at Causeway Lane on Saturday.
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Premier T20 Quarter-Finals

Sandiacre Town 148-8 lost to Matlock 151-5 by 5 wickets

MATLOCK produced the most spectacular achievement in the club’s history by progressing to the finals weekend of the Premier T20.

It started with current Premier League leaders, Sandiacre, making what appeared to be a winning score for a T20 game – 148-8.

Leading scorers were James Chapman (33) and Dave Jordison (45) but the rest were restricted by bowlers Peter Camm 1-16 , Adam Ogden (2-26) and slow left arm Minesh Keshwala (3-38)

Matlock were set a target of 7.2 runs per over to win.

Kevin Leatherday and Chris Fletcher took up the challenge with a first wicket partnership of 46.

On losing Fletcher (20) Leatherday began to dominate and, helped by wicket-keeper Andy Rogers (29) and skipper Camm, took the score to 124-3 before being bowled for the game’s top score of 54.

Camm (20*) was still going strong and after losing Nick Rosling quickly at 127-4 was joined by Ed Lowe (14 runs in seven balls, including 2 sixes) and together they knocked off the remaining runs with three to spare – a five wicket victory and great team performance.

Matlock now advance to the semi-finals and will meet Premier League club Rolls Royce Leisure at Quarndon on Sunday, with the final taking place later that day against either Alvaston & Boulton or Lullington Park.

Division One

Matlock 234-8 drew with Sawley & LE Park 178-8

THIS was to be a rain interrupted match full of surprises and yet another nerve jangling ending.

Surprise number one came when captain Peter Camm asked strike bowler Ed Lowe to open the batting with Chris Fletcher and to repeat the pinch-hitting role he displayed in the T20 game with Sandiacre.

The opening pair gave the Matlock innings a positive start scoring 64 before Fletcher (19) was out lbw to a ball which kept low.

A further surprise came when overseas star Burton deWett too was out lbw with only one run added but again it was down to in-form Kevin Leatherday to reassert control in a 124-run partnership until he was bowled for 61 with the score at 189-3.

The following batsmen selflessly endeavoured to score quickly to assure a commanding total but wickets began to fall at regular intervals including that of Lowe, just seven runs short of a maiden century.

It was left to former captain Steve Pell (18*) and Eddie Lander (8*) to defy the collapse and scurry 22 runs to allow Camm to declare at 234-8 after 47 completed overs, a decision made necessary by the rain interruptions if victory was to be achieved

The Sawley response saw a good opening partnership of 57 followed by a regular fall of wickets, the main resistance provided by Birley (52).

Camm (3-44) again was leading wicket taker well supported by de Wett (2-49), Minesh Keshwala (2-24) and Ed Lander (1-19).

But although the eighth wicket fell at 173 and fielders surrounded the batsmen like vultures, the ninth wicket partnership could not be broken before the allotted 47 overs ran out.

Marston’s Smooth Trophy

Denby 138 all out lost to Matlock 205-9 by 67 runs

The third match of this intensive trio featured the Sunday visit to league leaders Denby for the second round of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy.

Matlock batted first and Chris Fletcher and Ed Lowe enjoyed a 40-run partnership.

Two quick wickets punctuated progress but Kevin Leatherday steadied the ship with a 65-run partnership with Lowe.

Denby’s Joe Greenhaugh bowled Lowe for 57 and Leatherday for 46 but John Aspinall made a defiant 24 and Peter Camm a hard hit 18 before a frenzied period saw more wickets fall and Matlock ended on 205-9, a total restricted by the bowling of Greenhaugh (4-42) P Burgoyne (2-34) and Sheriff (2-46).

Denby’s reply was greeted with jubilation when Camm removed Bhatt in the first over and then added the dangerous Greenhaugh(12).

Lowe had Perry-Taylor caught behind but Liam Glenn and the two Burgoynes then served up strong resistance until the latter were trapped by the slower bowling of de Wett (2-25).

Once Glenn was trapped lbw by Fletcher, Denby looked vulnerable and Camm (3-19) and Fletcher (3-24) almost finished the job, just leaving the final wicket of Peat to Lowe (2-29) as Denby were 138 all out for a 65-run victory to the visitors..

Matlock have now been drawn to play Clay Cross away on Sunday, July 10.