by Derrick Taylor
Matlock were denied a potential victory by the rain on Saturday, after Peter Camm had hit a superb 139 against Eckington in the clash of the bottom two sides.
Put in to bat Matlock made their worst start of the season losing key batsman James Smith to pace bowler Kyle Heynes with the third ball of the game and no runs scored. Drew Mullaney followed 13 runs later bowled by Heyns.
Chris Fletcher and Drage Thompson put some respectability into the situation with a 43 run partnership until Heyns got into the act again catching Thompson for a run-a-ball 24 (56-3).
Matt Cluer followed 11 runs later, only to release Camm into the arena. Chris Fletcher fell two runs short a half century after a 45-run partnership with Cammy, while Heynes took his third wicket nine runs later and Matlock’s dream of a 27 point victory seemed doomed.
What happened next had to be seen to be believed. Camm exploded into action adding 116 runs in partnership with Steve Pell (22 in 50 balls). Pell suffered an injury and required Mullaney to step in as a runner before being ‘run out’ as Mullaney failed to make the crease.
Heyns (4-82) had Camm finally caught out to end the most amazing controlled hitting of 138 in 80 balls including seven fours , 13 sixes, three lost balls and a score of 257-8, which turned into 276-8 by the end.
Camm then took four early wickets to help reduce Eckington to 36-5,
But although Eckington recovered, helped by Heynes’ unbeaten 52, drizzle rain was beginning to fall and dampening the prospect of a Matlock 27 point win, the umpires eventually giving in and abandoning the game with Matlock taking 13 points to Eckington’s ten.
The second XI were heavily defeated by Eckington’s seconds after being bowled out for 54, emphasising Matlock’s difficulties in fielding a competitive side despite the withdrawal of their third team.
Matlock’s David Lander scored 32, the main damage done by Davies with 4-26 and Dye 3-6).
Eckington required only 12 overs to reach a winning total of 57-1, the one wicket being taken by Lander.