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Codnor 1st XI drew with Matlock 2nd XI

Matlock 2nds won the toss and put third-placed Codnor in to bat.

J Woolley (49) and Brown (34) got Codnor away to a great start against the medium-paced bowling of young Ed Blackburn and Tom Coey until the slower bowling of Rob Lowe was introduced to the attack, bowling both openers.

M. Woolley became victim to Tom Coey (1-61) and Ed Blackburn (1-48) delighted his team by removing the ever dangerous Neil Sparham (20) but the success was transitory with M. Vincent (47*) and A. Wood (42) taking control.

Lowe (4-57) took two more wickets while Codnor scored what appeared to be a match-winning score of 225-7 in the 46 overs.

Matlock’s Matt Haywood decided otherwise, hitting a quick fire 18 before falling to the experienced Melbourne.

This inspired new batsman Tom Coey to brilliance, setting about the bowling like a second Devon Conway.

Ably supported by opener Andy Roberts (34), he took the score to 121 before the second wicket fell to the spin of Sparham.

Hopes were high as Coey upped the tempo, scoring sixes and fours, and so saving the legs of new partner Neill (10) also to fall victim to Sparham (3-49).

Matlock were up with the rate of five runs per over when disaster struck as Tom Coey was bowled by Melbourne for a magnificent 84.

Skipper Paul Chadbourne (13 not out) and partner Ed Fletcher (5 not out), realising that the win opportunity had faded, took the safe route of a ten-point losing draw.

Next week, Matlock hope to extend their unbeaten run when they meet Sandiacre Town at Causeway Lane and so rise from the league drop zone.