Matlock 95 all out lost to Staveley Welfare 201 all out by 106 runs
Matlock won the toss on Saturday in Division One of the Derbyshire County League and, wishing to take advantage of a rain-affected wicket, put Staveley into bat.
Staveley’s Tom and Joe Bullimore showed no concern about the Causeway Lane track in making a brisk start, putting on 50 runs in the first ten overs.
Continuation of the pace attack brought no reward until John Aspinall tempted the hard-hitting Tom Bullimore (43) to sky a catch to Kevin Leatherday, but with 85 runs scored in 13 overs, it was not the start Matlock wished.
A change to the slower spin bowling of Burton de Wett and Nick Rosling met with immediate success. De Wett bowled Jon Bullimore (27), then caught Paul May (13) off the bowling of Rosling and bowled Chris Bullimore, in addition of only 18 runs and a significant slowing of the run rate.
Joe Wilkinson (24) and Liam Douglas (14) resisted until Rosling got into the act, having them caught by Fletcher and Aspinall respectively, and at 148-6 it was looking a different game.
Jake Vernon (33) was batting confidently until skipper Peter Camm decided enough was enough and took the remaining four wickets, including a hat-trick with the last three balls of the innings. Staveley were all out for 201 in 45 overs leaving Matlock with what seemed a comfortable target in the 55 overs now available.
A confident start by Kevin Leatherday was brought to an abrupt stop when he edged a ball to wicketkeeper Stephen McCarroll to become Chris Pemberton’s first victim, so bringing De Wett to the crease to join Chris Fletcher.
What happened next borders on the bizarre. First Fletcher, while standing inches outside his crease awaiting the umpire’s decision on an lbw appeal, was run out by an alert close fielder. One run later De Wett was given out lbw. Steve Pell, renowned for his stubborn resistance then joined Aspinall, immediately called for a quick single, Aspinall declined so Pell was run out. Peter Camm, often an aggressive saviour, mishit a ball straight back to be caught by Pemberton, and Ross Liacono then got into the act by trapping Minesh Keshwala lbw to make the score an incredible 10-6.
Some semblance of order was restored by Aspinall when partnered by Nick Rosling, adding 61 runs and reviving hopes of a recovery, until Rosling (16) became the seventh wicket to fall. Disaster followed when Aspinall, who had looked impregnable, was bowled by May for a gutsy 43 in a total of 75-8.
Ed Lowe and Harvey Hosein managed a 17-run partnership before Lowe (13) gloved a rising ball. It was left to Hosein (5no) and Ed Lander to endeavour to either survive 22 overs to draw or score 110 runs to win the game. Two runs later, it was decided by Pemberton taking his fifth wicket (5-49) to give Staveley victory by 106 runs. .and a maximum 27 points.