MATLOCK CC 1sts don’t do boring, as Saturday’s Derbyshire County League Division One game demonstrated.
Rain in the morning caused a delayed start and a reduction in overs from 50 to 46 per innings and there was bad news for the home side almost straight away.
Clifton were asked to bat, and, in only the third over, opening bowler Ed Lowe dislocated a finger when attempting a caught and bowled and left the field to visit Whitworth Hospital.
Runs did not come easily with skipper Peter Camm bowling a first spell of nine overs for 21 runs and one wicket.
Clifton lost their first wicket at 23 but Wilson (57) and Ullah (37) took the score to 114 before they were both removed by slow bowler Nick Rosling. Wickets then fell at regular intervals to Rosling (4-52) and Ed Lander (2-39) and a very aggressive final spell from Peter Camm, as he ended with 4-35, Clifton making what seemed a modest total of 167 all out in 45.1 overs.
The Matlock openers were greeted with a lively opening spell littered with 12 wides in the first four overs. This changed with the introduction of Ullah who took the wicket of Chris Fletcher at 34 but after fellow opener Minesh Keshwala (32) was caught out at 79-3, the next two wickets fell for ten runs.
Again Camm (60) came to the rescue, supported by a stubborn Steve Pell (9) until the latter was run out. With four runs required and four wickets left, victory was anticipated. But Camm was caught on the boundary attempting to make the winning hit. This soon became 168-9.
But cometh the hour, cometh the man and, after a nerve-wracking delay while the injured Lowe re-donned his whites, endeavoured to pull batting gloves over the injured fingers and Clifton set a menacing field, the game was resumed. Lander defended confidently for the three runs needed to secure a tie with one ball remaining and Lowe at the crease. Lowe then struck the ball and ran to secure victory and 22 points. The two batsmen were applauded from the field and sportingly congratulated by Clifton.
This Saturday, Matlock travel to Rolleston, when they will be joined by South African overseas player Burton de Wett.