Lowe’s innings ensures Matlock secure a draw

Ed Lowe struck an unbeaten 75 as Matlock faced Clifton on Saturday.
Ed Lowe struck an unbeaten 75 as Matlock faced Clifton on Saturday.

Matlock travelled to Clifton Village on Saturday hoping to break their recent run of poor form.

With both sides struggling, a win could have secured Matlock’s league position and ensured a comfortable end to the season.

With the wicket covered until the start of the game the surface looked like it would favour bowling and so Matlock captain Kevin Leatherday, who again won the toss, put the hosts in to bat.

This looked to be a good decision as Chris Pemberton and Ed Lander hit good areas and built up pressure.

Lander found the breakthrough when he had James bowled and Pemberton trapped Will Wilson LBW shortly afterwards.

Clifton were on the ropes and should have been set back further when Khan top edged one but the high swirling ball evaded Matlock’s fielders giving Khan a second chance.

He more than took this opportunity as Khan went on to score freely and was well supported by Matt Wilson (45) before Ed Lowe had him caught in the gully by the returning Drew Mullaney.

Alex Wooliscroft came in towards the end of the innings and struck the ball well finding regular boundaries as he ended on a game-changing 48 with Khan unbeaten on 89.

Clifton had reached 233 and took the momentum into the second innings.

Ashley Drayner, who has been reliable at the top order this year for Matlock, was beaten by a swinging delivery in the first over and Leatherday mis-timed a pull shot trying to get the innings going and was caught by Wooliscroft.

This left Matlock with some rebuilding to do which Harvey Hosein and Ed Lowe began.

Their partnership was valuable as they put on 90 runs and more importantly steadied the innings which meant Clifton would not claim maximum points.

Hosein was finally dismissed for 40, as he still searches for a Matlock half century, whilst Lowe saw out the innings finishing with 75 not out as Matlock closed with 162 for 5.

Matlock are without a fixture this weekend.