by Derrick Taylor
Matlock recovered well from Saturday’s defeat to Ticknall (see below) by earning a winning draw at home to Chesterfield on Sunday.
They took 18 points from this encounter, which was one of their two games in hand, and that was enough to take them off the bottom of the league.
Matlock lost the toss and were put in to bat and lost early wickets to leave them 23-2, until Chris Fletcher joined opening batsman Kev Leatherday (400 runs this season to date) to set about the building of a more credible 68-3.
Peter Camm was not pleased when run out but this only served to bring 17-year-old Drew Mullaney to the crease, destined to make his highest and best Premier League score, perhaps inspired by Leatherday now punishing his former cub.
Mullaney (44) just missed a half century when caught and bowled by Tim Kirk off a mis-timed aggressive shot having amassed a more formidable 185-5.
Leatherday went on to make an unbeaten 90 and scampered 24 runs with Steve Chapman to generate a 50 over total of 215.
Only Michael Dean managed a three wicket haul for 52 in 11 overs and the other four bowlers shared the runs which included 22 wides.
The Matlock total was soon put into perspective by Camm’s fiery opening spell to Paul Burdett who went on to make 29 runs which took 94 balls.
Matthew Fletcher (13) became Camm’s first victim at 23-1 and Ed Lander (1-23) chipped in having Mykylo Bird caught by Camm at 31-2.
The first real spark of Chesterfield aggression came from former Matlock player Minesh Keshwala (28).
The quick loss of Jepson, Lacey and Macarroll meant six wickets were gone for 100 runs.
Lang (18 in 32 balls) and Kirk(15 in 30 balls) then put up the shutters until Lang became Camm’s second victim (2-51) and Kirk(15) was Chris Fletcher’s first (1-11).
Brian Gladwin and Dean saw out the overs to total 148-8 giving Matlock a winning draw.