Matlock still in trouble as Elvaston ease to win

Drew Mullaney took four wickets but Matlock were well beaten.
Drew Mullaney took four wickets but Matlock were well beaten.

Matlock remain in the Division One relegation places after falling to a comprehensive 111-run defeat at home to mid-table side Elvaston on Saturday.

The hosts now sit just seven points above bottom-of-the-table Ambergate and face an uphill battle in the second half of the season if they are to retain their place in the division.

Elvaston skipper Nick Briars won the toss and opten to bat first at Causeway Lane, a decision that would prove key to their victory.

Openers Elliott Lawley and Mitch Bradley began well and reached 44 before Lawley was out lbw to Ed Lander, the first of his three wickets.

Bradley followed with the score on 66, the Lander brothers combining this time as Ed took the catch from Dave Lander’s delivery.

Ben Wright and Briars sat tight and moved the score on to 111 before the skipper became Dave Lander’s second victim, Drew Mullaney then removing Wright for the top score of 36 with Andy Paulett taking the catch at slip.

Elvaston built their innings steadily with few earth-shattering partnerships but with most batsmen reaching double figures they ended up all out for 218 in the 49th over, Ed Lander finishing with 3-60, Dave Lander 3-50 and Mullaney 4-72.

The target was achievable but it would need a good start from the hosts, something they couldn’t achieve as both Dave Lander (5) and Mullaney (6) were out early on to leave them 24-2.

Mark Burton (22) helped progress the score to 62 with Paulett but when he was the first of three quick wickets to fall the writing looked on the wall for Matlock as they collapsed to 65-5, top scorer Paulett among those to go for 25.

Ed Lander’s 16 helped them to 83-6 but a draw was the best they could hope for.

They fell short and were all out in the 46th over, the last three batsmen all out for ducks as the visitors completed a comfortable victory.