Saturday saw the start of the cricket season and an optimistic Matlock looked to put their previous season behind them.
Captain Ed Lander won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked a relatively green track.
Ed Lander and Chris Pemberton opened the bowling and found good areas considering the lengthy winter break.
They were, however, unable to make an early breakthrough and this left returning captain Young time to settle in and start dismissing the bowling easily, which gave Ockbrook an early advantage.
It was only the second change bowling of Drew Mullaney and Dave Lander that brought the score back under control. Lander’s pace and control complemented Mullaney’s spin bowling well and the built a constructive partnership, removing.
By the time Ed Lander and Chris Pemberton came back on it was a case of restricting Ockbrook’s innings, which both bowlers did well, leaving the home side 177 all out.
At the interval Matlock were confident of securing the win. The batting line up looks a little stronger on paper this year as former captain Kev Leatherday has returned to the club. Kev was unable to get his season off to the start he wanted as he was adjudged LBW for just three runs.
This seemed to send shockwaves through the Matlock batting line up who all seemed very out of touch, perhaps hindered by the inability to play any sort of warm up match due to this year’s particularly wet weather.
The only batsman to show any sort of resilience to Ockbrook’s bowling attack was Andrew Paulett, who would have been disappointed to be caught at point after a loose shot on 25.
Matlock ended up 100 runs shy of the 177 they had been set, clearly a disappointing start to the season. There were positives though, especially in the field with David Lander and Chris Pemberton both bowling well, picking up three and three wickets respectively. Matlock will have to get their season off to a start next week when they play their first game back at Causeway Lane.