Skipper Pell hails side’s ‘perfect performance’

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MATLOCK CC 1sts recorded their first Derbyshire County League Division One victory of the season on Saturday with a display described by captain Steve Pell as ‘just about the perfect performance’.

The Causeway Lane side thumped Elvaston by 144 runs to ease some of the frustration after a rain-affected opening to the campaign.

The platform for victory was laid by a superb opening partnership of 183 between Kevin Leatherday (118 not out) and Matt Cluer (91) before the baton was passed to bowler Peter Camm, who recorded the excellent figures of 7-26.

Steve Pell was understandably delighted with his side’s display and admitted: “It was just about the perfect performance in the conditions.

“The pitch was soft and obviously there had been a lot of rain leading up to the game.

“I lost the toss again but in hindsight maybe it was a good toss to lose because it seemed to get harder to bat on as the game went on.

“Kev and Matt gave us a dream start. They were fantastic. That sort of start was what we have been missing so far and so it was great to get that base to build on.

“I was really pleased with Kev’s ton because he has had a bit of a lean spell recently but he batted as we know he can do and it showed us what he is all about.

“Matt Cluer was excellent too. He was probably the more fluent of the two but batting the way he did allowed Kev to bat in the way he is most comfortable.

“Matt was absolutely flying and has been good all season while with Kev you could see the confidence coming back becaue he’s been a bit down on himself.

“It was an exceptional batting display on a difficult wicket and then Peter Camm took full advantage of it.

“He’s one of the fastest in the league but on Saturday he got his wickets as much by movement as pace.”

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He put the ball in the right place and got his rewards.

“He is quick and aggressive, although sometimes I feel he can be a little too aggressive. But he reined himself in, bowled with excellent discipline and did really well.

“It was such a good performance from us, which was just as well because we desperately needed it. We’d had two poor performances, plus one half-decent one which was cut short by the rain so to play as well as we did and get a maximum points win was good because we are nowhere near where I expected us to be at this stage in the table.

“We now look ahead to Cutthorpe this weekend, who are bottom, but the rain could be a problem and so we really hope it goes ahead.”