Matlock hold out for a draw in Elvaston clash

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Matlock headed to Elvaston on Saturday where a positive performance was much needed in response from the previous week’s defeat.

It was the hottest day of the season so far and the wicket looked flat leaving an easy decision for Evlaston’s captain who elected to bat after winning the toss.

Matlock openers Chris Pemberton and Ed Lander fought the conditions, hitting good areas early on and even with some fluent shots from Elvaston’s Australian overseas, managed to keep the score under control.

Pemberton then deservedly claimed the wicket of Nick Briars as the hosts fell to 29-1. Matt Gawthrop, however, continued to build on his solid start and began to climb through the gears with a fine display of shots which found the gaps more often than not.

Despite relatively tidy bowling from Matlock, Pemberton in particular who finished with 2-59, the conditions were conducive to batting and Gawthrop capitalised finishing on 160 not out. This innings helped Elvaston to 282 for just three wickets.

It had been a tough 50 overs for Matlock however they knew that a good batting performance would bring runs, and they looked to prove this from the start.

Leatherday and Ed Lowe opened up and quickly began to find the boundary. Ed Lowe then mistimed a pull shot and was caught, bringing Rob Lowe to the crease.

He and Leatherday, who are both in fine form, batted well together, playing sensibly yet punishing over-pitched and short deliveries in a destructive manner. The score hurried on to 122 before the captain held out at long on.

Harvery Hosein, making his second appearence this season, was next in with the total still very much obtainable. The wicket suited Hosein’s temperament and he began to run the ball around well.

With Lowe and Hosein edging closer to the total the home side were very much aware that the game was far from over and their relief was clear when Rob Lowe was finally caught on 58 and Hosein 33.

Matlock were still looking for the win however the middle order couldn’t push on enough and lost wickets trying to do so, eventually re-assessed and batted out for the draw, ending on 232-9 with Roberts caught out on the last ball looking for an extra batting point.