De Wett gets off to a flyer for Matlock

Rolleston 175-8 (G Marshall 70, P Allen 34, P Camm 4-44) drew with Matlock 1sts 245-9 (B De Wett 99, J Aspinall 50)

MATLOCK’S new overseas player Burton De Wett made an immediate impact for his club, having only arrived in the country 24 hours before the game.

Matlock won the toss and chose to bat on a good Rolleston wicket but soon lost opener Kevin Leatherday, thus giving a quick baptism to their new South African player.

Despite losing partner Minesh Keshwala (13) at 40-2, De Wett soon showed his quality, scoring all round the ground and, with John Aspinall (50), putting together a 93-run partnership.

A total of 260 was predicted and looked feasible with de Wett going well but when Peter Camm (11) was caught, to be followed by the running out of Andy Rogers (18), the run rate slowed.

Determined support from Steve Pell enabled de Wett to reach the nervous 90s but immediately after playing the shot of the match, he was bowled on 99. The last pair of Pell and Eddie Lander took the score to 245-9.

Marshall and Allen opened the Rolleston innings in pugnacious manner against a lively attack of Peter Camm and Eddie Lander but, after surviving an early dropped catch, they reached 66 without loss. Then De Wett again made his presence felt with his leg breaks and googlies having Allen (34) caught by Chris Fletcher at 76-1. The slower bowlers De Wett and Nick Rosling reduced the run rate but at drinks Rolleston were 101-1 and coasting, with the predicted drizzle making the ball wet and difficult to grip.

This was just the situation for the return of skipper Peter Camm, bowling with fire and real pace. He immediately proved “he would dive under a bus for a caught and bowled” by throwing himself almost the length of the wicket to dismiss Marshall (70).

The next ball sent new batsman Rutter’s off stump cartwheeling to the wicketkeeper and a bail down to third man. A hat-trick was foiled when his appeal for lbw was turned down but when De Wett made an acrobatic catch off Camm, the game had been turned around with the score at 151-6, but all Camm’s 15 overs completed, finishing with 4-44.

When Rosling claimed a further wicket, the possibility of a 27-point victory was in sight and made even more likely when Eddie Lander took 2-5 to make it 166-8. However, despite the rotating of the Matlock bowlers, Rolleston’s batsmen comfortably saved the day and earned a losing draw.

Matlock gained 19 points to maintain their challenge for promotion.

This Saturday, they entertain Denby.

Marston’s Smooth Trophy 1st Round

Matlock 212-9 (J Aspinall 37, C Fletcher 48, S Bassett 3-45) beat Spondon 97 all out (J Rigg 39, P Camm 5-8) by 115 runs

Sunday’s 50-over cup match against a team from Division Three of the County League presented an ideal opportunity to blood promising youngsters Drew Mullaney and David Lander, who have impressed in the seconds.

Matlock batted first, making 212-9 in the 50-over match, Chris Fletcher being out off the last ball of the match for an excellent 48. John Aspinall continued his good form with a solid 37.

The fireworks did not start until Spondon batted and Peter Camm opened the bowling to take a wicket with his fourth ball and then four more to finish with 5-8 from his seven overs.

Chris Fletcher threw down a wicket for a brilliant run out and Eddie Lander (1-27), bowling from the opposite end, chipped in, leaving Spondon at 38-7. Skipper Camm then turned to slower bowlers Rosling (1-23) and De Wett (2-27).

For the second day running, as soon as De Wett bowled, it started to rain, making it very difficult to spin the ball, which he certainly does – both ways.

It is going to be very interesting when he gets the opportunity to bowl on a dry, turning wicket.

Credit is due to Spondon’s lower order batsmen, who resisted the pressure and built a more respectable score of 97 all out. Matlock won by 115 runs and go through to round two on June 12, when they play Denby away, a far tougher challenge.