Luke plays a leading role

Luke Pressland starred as Matlock 2nds enhanced their hopes of climbing the Division 5N table with a handy win over Clay Cross on Saturday.

Mark Burton (45) and Drew Mullany (33) got Matlock off to a steady start as they put on 69 for the first wicket. The Matlock innings was built steadily but it was Luke Pressland who dominated the innings and soon made a mockery of the bowling, hitting 52 runs in the space of two overs to finish on a spectacular 125 off only 55 balls, leaving Matlock on 238-5.

In reply, Matlock pushed for early wickets with Andy Ogden picking up four wickets for 47 to turn in a fine spell of bowling to put Clay Cross on the back foot. Adam Woodhouse put on a swashbuckling 115 when he fell to Steve Haslam who turned in figures of 4-32 to continue his impressive recent form, with both bowlers decimating the middle order to secure an emphatic victory and to give Matlock a well deserved 27 points.

Matlock then continued their climb up the table with a positive winning draw against South Wingfield on Sunday.

The home side began well, having won the toss and chosen to bat first, making 57-1 off the first ten overs. Tight bowling from Harding and Mitchell ensured the Matlock innings was somewhat reined in.

Mark Burton was leading the way, contributing 87 before being stumped. Luke Pressland was once again in particularly brutal mood, blasting 50 off 27 deliveries and there was a useful 33 from Matt Haywood, as the hosts posted 228-9.

South Wingfield’s innings got off to a positive start but some solid Matlock bowling from Steve Haslam and Luke Pressland applied the brakes.

Lander took three impressive wickets for 24 with a fine spell to restrain South Wingfield to 162–7 and to secure an 18-point winning draw.