The forecast had been doubtful in the preceding week and so it was no surprise when Matlock arrived at a murky Cutthorpe.
That said, the rain had not yet begun and so both sides began their match preparation hoping for a full afternoon of cricket.
Matlock’s previous encounter had also been cancelled due to the weather and so it was the first time the side had had chance to see cutthorpe’s newly positioned square.
The work looked like it had paid off as the wicked promised pace and bounce as well as movement for the seam attack.
Cutthorpe’s captain sensed the frailty of the Matlock batting line up and, with a threading bowling attack including South African paceman Joshua Savage, opted to bowl first as Lander lost the toss for the first time as skipper.
Mark burton, who has been in good form, opened the batting with Johnny ford who has also shown potential in his first few games for the club.
The pair saw out the first few overs until burton attempted to pull the lively overseas and top edged gifting the seamer his first. This started a collapse that has proven costly for Matlock in the early stages of the season.
Ford was next to go and whilst Roberts and rob Lowe did put up a fight they also lost their wickets cheaply.
Mullaney was then caught up in a mix up leading to his running out which left Dave Lander and Ed Lowe at the crease.
Lowe has already shown this season that he doesn’t hang about and the same was true here.
He hit Savage for three consecutive boundaries, including a lofted straight drive.
Throughout his innings, though, the rain was increasingly falling and was soon sufficient for umpires Dorr and Morten to call time.
At 48-5 this probably came at the right time for the visitors and although Cutthorpe sat around hoping for a break in the weather it never came.
Six points then for Matlock who are positioned at the foot of the table but are clinging on, hoping to find their feet with their young side.
Next week will be challenging as former premier outfit Alfreton travel to causeway lane.