Duo spin Matlock to another victory

SP90347 Matlock V Swarkstone- Matlock opening batsman Kevin Leatherday on the attack.
SP90347 Matlock V Swarkstone- Matlock opening batsman Kevin Leatherday on the attack.

Matlock 263-9 (C Fletcher 81, K Leatherday 31, J Aspinall 64, R Whiteley 5-36) beat Swarkestone 243 all out (J Guthrie 83, L Thomas 48, B De Wett 5-79, N Rosling 4-19) by 20 runs

MATLOCKS 1sts completed a satisfying 20-run win over highly fancied Swarkestone on Saturday at Causeway Lane.

With one umpire late and the other never to arrive, the captains carried out an unsupervised toss, won by Swarkestone.

Matlock were put into bat by a team trusting in their ability to chase down a high score on what was perceived as – and turned out to be – a real batting track.

The Matlock team contained 15-year-old wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein – a Matlock Mercury Sports Award nominee – for the first time this season and the highly-fancied Swarkestone included Derbyshire squad players Ross Whiteley and Tom Poynton.

True to expectation, Fletcher and Leatherday started confidently with 60-run partnership but there was some disappointment when losing both Leatherday (31) and prolific scorer de Wett (6).

Worries were soon dispelled with a further 114-run partnership between the now- rampant Fletcher and the elegant Aspinall reaching almost 200 before Aspinall was dismissed for 69.

Fletcher continued to score freely but, just when a century looked a probability, he skied a short ball and was caught by the wicketkeeper for 81 at 218-4. However, five wickets then fell at regular intervals and Matlock perhaps felt a little apprehensive about 289-9 as a winning total.

Swarkestone reached 38 before losing the wicket of McGonigal to the pace of Camm.

When speed proved to be ineffective, first attempts to take the pace of the ball were only partially successful.

The innings began to take an almost identical profile to that of Matlock while Guthrie (83), Holmes(48) and the hard hitting Whiteley (17) were in partnership.

That was until de Wett found the length in British wicket conditions, allowing his leg breaks and googlies to pitch and turn and removed all three of them to make it 204-4.

Slow bowler Rosling was then added to the attack and wickets started to fall at regular intervals, again at 204 and then twice at 213.

A short stand of 28 fed Swarkestone’s hopes of victory, having sufficient overs left but it was not to be as, with the field closing in, to increase the nervous pressure de Wett and Rosling took the final wickets with only two balls remaining.

They had taken all but one of the ten wickets, to end with figures of 5-79 and 4-19 respectively.

The final act by Swarkestone was to challenge the final decision of an overworked umpire, working at both ends, giving Knight out lbw for 11 but as review procedures and third umpires do not exist as yet outside First Class cricket their appeal was dismissed.

Matlock won by 20 runs to gain 27 points and third place in the league with six games played

This weekend they are away to Staveley Welfare, after a week full of serious 20/20 competitions and an Orme Shield fixture.