Matlock visited the Hurt Arms ground on Saturday where they faced bottom of the league Ambergate.
It was a big game for both sides, particularly Matlock who were looking to cushion themselves from the relegation places.
Things were looking good when Ed Lander won the toss and put the home side in to bat on what looked a fairly green wicket.
Chris Pemberton struck first as he had opener Christian Pratt caught at first slip before Lander had Mark Heath trapped infront.
Ambergate were struggling at 9-2 and things got worse when Andrew Paulett took his second slip catch off Pemberton leaving Ambergate 9-3.
Lander then claimed his second wicket thanks to the safe hands of Paulett with the score on just 34.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Ambergate were bowled out for 96, Lander the pick of the bowlers finished with figures of 6-27 from his 15 overs. Pemberton claimed four wickets for just 16 runs from his nine overs with Paulett taking four catches at slip.
Matlock were looking to get of a good start in reply, however Jonathan Ford was out in the first over and Dave Lander was then dismissed leaving Matlock reeling on 6-2.
Drew Mullaney and Paulett then looked to steady the ship and started to rebuild the innings, but Mullaney was out LBW for 10 in what looked like a questionable decision.
With the score on 42, Rob Lowe was the next to come and go leaving Matlock in real trouble.
Paulett and Ed Lander looked comfortable at the crease and for a while Matlock looked on target for a much-needed victory, but Paulett was then cruelly run out backing up for 36 as the bowler defected the ball onto the stumps.
Lander continued to the push the score along, but when he was bowled for 20, Matlock then collapsed and were all out for 88, just nine runs short of their target as Ambergate celebrated an unlikely victory.
Matt Ball and Shazad Ahmed both claimed four wickets.