Batting horror show is key to Matlock defeat

Matlock bowler Chris Pemberton sends down a delivery against Stainsby Hall on Saturday.
Matlock bowler Chris Pemberton sends down a delivery against Stainsby Hall on Saturday.

Saturday saw the turn of Stainsby Hall to visit Causeway Lane where Matlock have played well so far this year - but this time the hosts were well beaten.

Last time these two sides met Matlock secured maximum points, however, with Ed Lander winning the toss and electing to field, a repeat of the 22 points from the previous week was the target.

Chris Pemberton, newly-elected vice captain, and Lander swapped ends and bowled well from the outset. Pemberton struck first as he had overseas Fred Clarke trapped LBW.

Lander then claimed the wicket of Smyth who was also struck in-front and given LBW by umpire Brian Limb.

Lander (2-29) then had Bhatti caught in the covers after a smart readjustment of the field by Pemberton.

Dave Lander and Drew Mullaney then took over and continued to bowl well but Alan Worth had other ideas. A smart innings by the captain stabilised his team as they began to score relatively freely, exploiting vacant areas in the field well.

Worth reached 79 before he got too ambitious and was bowled by Dave Lander (1-77).

Pemberton closed the innings well finishing with figures of 4-54, the left armer’s consistent length proving difficult for the tail to get away.

However, mainly thanks to the captain, Stainsby had reached 230, a target larger than Matlock had amassed so far this year.

Matlock knew a sensible performance might see them somewhere near to their target, but Mark Burton received a good delivery first ball which took the edge and was taken at first slip. Jonathan Ford then guided a square cut straight to point and Matlock were immediately on the back foot.

Things then went from bad to worse as nobody could show any resistance to the Stainsby attack. A series of calamitous dismissals including two catches down the leg side and a run out added to the despair as Matlock were bowled out for just 37.

Until now the inexperienced Matlock had been holding their own, but this showed how tough Division One can be for such a young side.