Disappointing afternoon

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Alfreton 2nd XI beat Matlock 2nd XI by 116 runs

Matlock put Alfreton in to bat with immediate success in this Division 5N encounter.

Tom Watkinson bowled Joe Noonan with only two scored. Then they were further encouraged when a second wicket fell to Rob Lowe at 47.

However, James Fletcher had been piling up 51 runs in 82 balls before becoming Dave Lander’s (3-62) first victim, adding both Andrew Simmons (42) and Jonathan Evans (16) taking the score to 148-5.

Rob Lowe (3-47) bowled Craig Wardle (37) and had Matthew Rooke (19) stumped by Matt Haywood but no more wickets were to fall and the innings ended at 213-7.

To win, Matlock needed to score 214 in 276 balls, but with captain Paul Chadbourne having just received surgical treatment for a broken finger, four juniors and only five regular second team squad members playing, the target was never to be achieved, losing all their wickets for 97 runs with only 14 balls left. The only players getting into double figures were vice-captain Matt Haywood (38) and Dave Lander (18) but young Phil Braund lasted 34 balls in making four.

Sunday’s fixture with Belper Meadows was washed out, thus allowing more time to strengthen the side for next Saturday’s home fixture with Ashover.

Matlock 3rd XI lost to Awsworth 1st XI by 165 runs

Matlock’s 3rd team captain Guy Roberts did his best to entertain Awsworth with his team of nine men and boys at Stonebroom.

Batting first, Alrewas won by 165 runs, declaring at 207-9 after 35.5 overs, but with commendable bowling performances from veterans Mick Lander (4-38) and Tim Braund (4-41).

Matlock’s reply was 42 all out in 25.4 overs with only Ian Watson (13) and Oliver Johnson (11 not out) getting double figures.

The club is looking to attract players to avoid the prospect of withdrawing the third XI from the league. The next fixture is on Sunday at Clowne Town.