Sixth ton of season for Matlock’s Devon

NILA 14-07-12 BE 31 Ilkeston rutland v Matlock cc. Matlock batsman Devon Conway.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 31 Ilkeston rutland v Matlock cc. Matlock batsman Devon Conway.

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Matlock 1st XI 209-3 drew with Ilkeston Rutland 169-7

MATLOCK are now 18 points clear at the top of Division One of the Derbyshire County League after Saturday’s draw at Ilkeston Rutland.

Skipper Steve Pell lost the toss and Matlock were put in to bat, giving them the opportunity to collect the maximum 27 points.

A late start, while the pitch was made fit for play, reduced the overs from 50 to 36 per side.

The Matlock batsmen immediately rose to the task. The early loss of Matt Cluer only served to bring Devon Conway to the wicket for a 135-run partnership with Kevin Leatherday (34).

Joined by the hard-hitting Peter Camm (26), Conway completed his sixth century of the season, finishing with 126 not out in 107 balls, including 15 fours and one six (a total of 863 runs for the season to date – the DCCL leading runmaker).

His final partner John Aspinall (12 not out) faced only seven balls but included one six for a 36-over total of 209-3.

Ilkeston needed 210 runs at a run a ball to win and Matlock smelled victory, especially when Peter Camm and Ed Lander removed three of the top four batsmen for 37.

David Smit had other ideas, savaging the bowling with six sixes and seven fours in an 82-ball total of 94 before being caught by Cluer off Camm at 144-6.

Only one more wicket was to fall as Robert Green and Sam Moulds played out the remaining 40 balls for a total of 169-7, so diluting Matlock’s sense of victory to that of a winning draw.

This Saturday, Staveley Welfare visit Causeway Lane as the chase for promotion to the Premier League continues.

Matlock 263-6 beat Clifton 218 all out by 45 runs

Matlock won the toss in this Marston’s Smooth Trophy quarter-final tie and decided to bat. A good wicket and well-drained outfield were a credit to the groundstaff.

The in-form partnership of Kevin Leatherday and Matt Cluer attacked the Clifton bowling, quickly putting 47 runs on the board before, in the words of his partner, “Kevin ran himself out”.

Then came the shock of Devon Conway being bowled for 8. At only 57-2, Cluer and new partner John Aspinall took up the challenge, only to be interrupted by a second run out, Cluer (61) failing to reach the crease.

Despite profuse apologies, Aspinall knew he had to do something special before returning to the pavilion and this he did in style.

He scored 118 before being caught hitting out against Wooliscroft with the score at a comfortable 247-4.

Chris Fletcher (27) and Peter Camm sacrificed their wickets in the cause of quick runs, Mark Burton and Steve Pell seeing out the innings total of 263-6.

Cup matches depend only on runs scored, thus requiring Clifton to score 264 at 5.3 an over.

An early lbw decision to Ed Lander gave Matlock the start they required but it proved no indication of what was to come. Wooliscroft and Ahmed, in particular, took the score to 98 before the second wicket (Wooliscroft 41) fell at the introduction of Conway’s left arm off-spin.

Clifton were now up to the run rate with Ahmed threatening until the game was turned by three spectacular catches. The first was by Leatherday, catching Ahmed (78) on the boundary at 159-5. The second was by Mark Burton off Aspinall and the third was to break the final substantial partnership (47) when Nolan (13) saw his attempted six hit caught by a sprinting and then goalkeeper-style diving save by Drew Mullaney.

At 206-7, the bubble had burst and the tail was cleaned up by Mullaney’s leg spin (2-21) with 45 runs to spare. Conway showed his alternative skill with 3-41 in his ten overs and Lander took 2-43.

Matlock now visit Belper Meadows in the semi-final, scheduled for Sunday, July 22.