Stanton secure the shield

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Stanton beat Matlock by 2 wickets to lift the Orme Shield last week.

Despite the weather, the people at Great Longstone managed to host the match and credit must go to them for the condition of the pitch, which, although wet, made it an exciting and nailbiting final.

Stanton won the toss and put Matlock into bat.

Runs were hard to come by all the way through with some good bowling from Dave Clark and Dave Ward at the start of the innings. The big wicket of Chris Fletcher fell in the third over after a diving catch from veteran Mick Craw off the bowling of Ward (1/17).

Mark Burton then added a steady 15 but it was captain Rob Lowe who enabled Matlock to reach a defendable total before he was bowled by Nick Rosling (2-20) for a fine 50. Will Hellewell was the other wicket taker, finishing with figures of 3-21.

Stanton started their innnings well with Rosling and David Ward looking to dominate, with 28 coming off the first three overs. Rob Lowe (2-23) brought himself on and straight away stemed the flow, bowling Ward for 11.

Mullaney (2-20) then also kept it tight and brought Matlock well into the game. The dangerous Jimmy Pearson was still at the crease and when he was dropped behind off Lowe, it was a lucky escape.

Mullaney then had Rosling LBW for 30 and Matlock were now favourites. Four run outs then followed in the closing overs as Pearson tried to keep the strike.

This proved well worth the sacrifice as he hit two sixes off Ed Lander in the penultimate over to bring it down to seven needed off the final over. Chris Fletcher bowled it really well and, with two balls to go, Stanton still needed four runs but, on the penultimate ball Pearson hit a fine six over extra cover to guide Stanton to victory and also bring up his half century as the man of the match finished on 53 not out.

This was a close game which swayed both ways and had all the crowd on the edge of their seats.