Matlock 1st XI drew with Cutthorpe 1st XI
In a complete reversal of last week’s poor performance at Elvaston, Matlock bossed proceedings when Cutthorpe were the visitors to Causeway Lane on Saturday.
The home side duly lost the toss yet again and were asked to take the first knock and, on one of the best wickets seen at Causeway Lane this season, they were quickly into their stride, scoring positively at six runs per over.
Kevin Leatherday was in good form, scoring a brisk 27 before mistiming a drive to be caught at deep mid-off and an uncharacteristically tentative innings by their overseas player Devon Conway resulted in him being dismissed for just 12 runs.
Opener Matt Cluer (86) was however batting superbly well and he sensibly anchored the innings in a third-wicket partnership of 105 with John Aspinall, who himself scored a fluent 56 runs to maintain the momentum in Matlock’s favour.
Add to this two more good innings from Chris Fletcher (35 not out) and Peter Camm (28) and it just left Fletcher and Mark Burton to scamper a few quick runs to enable the home side to declare at 264-5 after 46 overs.
For Cutthorpe, Andrew Knowles (2-65), Linton Terblanche (2-77) and Rob Plested (1-31) were the successful bowlers.
With 55 overs, in which to get the required runs for victory, the visitors were soon reeling as Peter Camm sent back John Combe and Ian Thompson with only six runs on the board and it took defiant knocks from Andrew Thompson 43 and Rob Plested (64no) to quell the onslaught of the Matlock bowlers.
Finishing on 176-8, the visitors were relieved to have salvaged a draw from a game where they were never in control.
For Matlock, John Aspinall (3-57), Devon Conway (2-22) and Chris Fletcher (1-18) very nearly bowled their team to the victory they deserved.
This was a much better performance from the Matlock team and it was good to see the return of the spirit and resilience that has taken them to top spot in the league for the past few weeks.
Next week, Matlock travel to take on Sawley & Long Eaton, who currently occupy third from the bottom spot in the division, with the match starting at 1pm.