Matlock make light work of Swarkestone

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Title-chasing Matlock Cricket Club made light work of bottom club Swarkestone with an eight wicket victory last weekend.

That left Matlock second in Derbyshire County League Division Three hot on the heels of leaders Marehay.

Visiting Swarkestone won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon in trouble as they were all out for 79 in 29 overs.

Only Lewis Sharpe, with 12, and Phil Brown, with 18, reached double figures.

Drew Mullaney was their chief tormentor with 5-20, Chris Pemberton taking 2-9 and Edward Lander 2-23.

Matlock did not hang around in reply, winning the game within just 12 overs on 81-2, to secure 27 points and leave them trailing Marehay by 13.

Opener Jonathan Ford led the way with 33, backed by an unbeaten 20 from man of the match Mullaney.

Mark Burton added five and David Kershaw ended on nine not out with Aamir Ali taking the two wickets to fall for 35 runs.

The opposition is likely to be tougher this weekend when fourth-placed Brailsford & Ednaston visit Causeway Lane.

Matlock CC’s second team remain bottom of Derbyshire County league Division 10 North with out a win after a 111-run defeat at Buxton.

Asked to bat, the home side amassed an imposing 227-3 in their 40 overs.

Opener Clive Gerrard’s 82 was eclipsed only by a sparkling 88 not out by Ravi Kumar.

Matlock’s Simon Edwards did claim the wickets of both the openers with his 2-51, Oliver Hubbard the only other wicket taker with 1-10.

The home side then wrapped up the game in 33.1 overs as Matlock resistance crumbled.

The writing was on the wall when both openers John Heppenstall and Peter Hooper were back in the pavilion without scoring.

Rob James struck a defiant 45, but with only two other batsmen – Simon Hubbard (12) and Tim Hubbard (11) – reaching double figures, extras proved to be the next top scorer with 28.

George Bradbury (3-24) and Noah McCahill (3-19) shared six of the wickets to fall.

Frankie Heathcote took 2-24 and Garv Kumar 2-16 to finish them off on 116 all out.

This Saturday Matlock again go in search of that first victory when they play away to fourth-placed Calow.