Matlock end tough year well on final weekend

Kevin Leatherday struck 77 in the final day win against Alvaston & Boulton, taking his tally to 863 for the season.
Kevin Leatherday struck 77 in the final day win against Alvaston & Boulton, taking his tally to 863 for the season.

Relegated Matlock ended their season with a losing draw and then a win in the weekend’s final double-header.

On Saturday, hosts Ticknall won the toss and batted first, compiling 296 runs in their 50 overs.

Luke Harvey hit 68 before falling lbw to Ed Lander, while Edward Ikin smashed 113 in 100 balls before being caught off Peter Camm.

Matlock secured five wickets, Drew Mullaney (3-72) accounting for the other three.

Matlock’s reply got off to a good start spoiled by Ticknall’s opening bowler Tom Taylor who had both Kev Leatherday (10) and James Smith (34) caught by Zain Abbass at 53-2.

Matlock’s rising star wicket keeper/batsman Harvey Hosein fell to Ryan Cowley (3-45), as did Drage Thompson (33) and Camm (19).

Playing for a losing draw was now the only option and Matlock resisted well, Mullaney (25) and Mark Burton (29) involved in a 53-run partnership broken when Tom Taylor (4-49) returned to the attack.

Ed Lander fell to Ikin but Paul Chadbourne and Chris Fletcher saw out the losing draw.

Against Alvaston & Boulton on Sunday Matlock were forced into several changes, Camm opting to bat first.

Openers Leatherday and Smith batted superbly for a 123-run first wicket partnership, Smith eventually out to young spinner Hamid Quadri for 51.

Quadri also took the wickets of Mullaney, Thompson(22) and Camm (12), while Leatherday was to make 77 before being caught and bowled by Chris Malloy.

Matlock ended on 237-8, Matt Cluer (25) and Steve Chapman (12) also contributing.

In reply, Lander took an early first wicket and when Camm had McIlroy (23) caught behind by Thompson wickets began to fall at regular short intervals to Mullaney (2-21) and Chapman (2-19).

Smith (2-10) supplied the coup de grace as A&B finished the innings 120 all out but not before Steve Stubbings had entertained with a most extrovert and imaginative 34 not out.