THE prestigious Orme Shield was retained by Matlock CC on Friday night when they defeated Elton in the final, held at Bakewell CC.
The final was an intriguing clash between the strength of Matlock CC, and Elton, by some distance the smallest club in the area.
Elton qualified by beating Hathersage in the Monday semi-final and Matlock by beating Great Longstone in the second semi on the Wednesday of this annual cricket week.
Matlock, fielding a side comprising a cross section of players from their three sides, won the toss in the final and elected to bat, scoring a challenging 149-6, dominated by Peter Camm (58) and Nick Rosling (41no).
Needing 150 at ten runs per over, Elton made a gallant effort but fell behind the run rate despite Marsden (27) and Stone (27 and unlucky to be out to an outstanding catch by Rosling), eventually falling short by 42 runs at 107-7.
Camm took 3-13 to be named man of the match and might qualify for man of the week, having scored 106 runs, largely in sixes and fours, and taken 6-20 in two games.
The Orme Shield was presented to Matlock captain Rob Lowe and replica plaques to both winners and runners-up.
Finally a word on Elton. It is worth pointing out that ten of the players on view in this match hail from the village. The single exception is Craig Elliott, who has travelled from Birchover to turnout since he was a nipper.
This is a true village team in the old fashioned sense. The same tiny squad has won the Longstone League in the past four seasons, a fine record.