Marehay 148-9 drew with Matlock 244-8
Matlock couldn’t quite get the better of hosts Marehay on Saturday in a match reduced to 37 overs per side due to a rain delay.
Batting first, Matlock openers Kev Leatherday and Eddie Lowe put on a first wicket partnership of 62 before Lowe (31) was run out by the combination of a sharp throw by Jonathan Bradder and the quick hands of wicket keeper Waldo Lategan.
Leatherday (33) was soon to follow at 68-2, but Burton de Wett, now at the crease, took control with an impressive 94 in 68 balls before being bowled by Martin Camm thus failing to clinch a century for the second time this season.
Partnerships of 26 with John Aspinall, 59 with Minesh Keshwala, 27 with Peter Camm and 45 with Andy Rogers moved the score to 237-6, a formidable score in the shortened game.
The nine balls remaining allowed Steve Pell and Nick Rosling to add eight quick runs and 15-year-old Drew Mullaney the excitement of facing one ball and galloping two runs to give a total of 244-8, which might have been more except for Marehay’s excellent ground fielding with a wet ball.
The rain eased during the tea interval giving Marehay the task of reaching a total of 245 runs at 6.6 runs per over, not made any easier when Lategan (the league’s top scorer with 552 runs) was caught behind by fellow wicket-keeper Rogers off Lowe at 7-1.
Meanwhile brothers Martin and Peter Camm had been in opposition, Martin scoring 12 before being bowled by Peter.
Andy Walters was to remain to watch further wickets fall to Camm (2-54) de Wett (2 16) and principally Aspinall (4-23).
The game entered the final phase when Walters’ fine innings of 58 ended, dragging his foot out of the crease when facing de Wett to be stumped by Rogers.
David and Gaz Buckley followed to leave one wicket remaining.
Marehay captain and former Matlock player Richard Wood (8no) and bowler Dean Mills (0no) were surrounded by a ring of six close fielders and the hostile bowling of Camm, Aspinall and de Wett but they survived 23 balls to frustrate the Matlock team, the 37 overs ending with a total 148-9.
Matlock had to be satisfied with 19 points for a winning draw and Marehay with seven points.
Next week Matlock return to their Causeway Lane home to welcome Eckington CC
Premier T20 Finals at Dunstall - Matlock, Alvaston & Boulton, Lullington Park, Rolls Royce Leisure
Matlock’s adventure in the Derbyshire finals of the National Premier League T20 competition came to an end on Sunday at Quarndon when they were defeated by Rolls Royce Leisure.
Batting first, Matlock scored at a modest 5.2 runs an over to set a total of 106-7.
Matlock’s leading scores were Steve Pell not out 17 and Ed Lowe 17, while the fastest run rate was Peter Camm with 14 runs in 5 balls.
Rolls Royce showed their greater experience in the art of T20 cricket by reaching a winning total with six overs to spare.
Matlock’s wicket takers were Lowe 1-26, Minesh Keshwala 1-5 and Ed Lander 1-11.
The Matlock performance was put into perspective when Rolls Royce went on to beat Premier League Alvaston & Boulton, in the final by the greater margin of nine wickets in 13.1 overs.
A&B had already beaten the Premier League’s 2010 champions Lullington Park in the other semi-final.
Rolls Royce Leisure now go forward to represent Derbyshire in the East Midlands regional finals to be held in Northampton in August.
Matlock will have learned from the experience and get a second chance of T20 success having progressed to the quarter-finals of County T20 Cup.