MATLOCK CC 1sts may be handily placed in third in Division One of the Derbyshire County League but skipper Steve Pell is convinced there is plenty more to come from his side.
As the season approaches halfway, the Causeway Lane side are just 12 points off the top and are also through to the quarter finals of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy, looking to go one better than in last year’s competition, where they were losing finalists.
But Steve Pell feels the side can still move up several gears, if they can throw off their inconsistency.
He explained: “If I’m being really picky, we should be a bit higher, not necessarily in terms of position but in terms of points and the number of good performances.
“We have played inconsistently throughout but we’re third, 12 points off the top and we’re in the cup quarter-finals so, from that point of view, to be in that position without really playing anywhere near our best means there’s plenty of room for improvement. There’s definitely a lot more to come from us.
“There is plenty of potential for us to go even higher and we are still pushing for that promotion back to the Premier League.”
He was keen to mention a number of the team’s standout performers so far.
“Kev Leatherday and Matt Cluer have been very consistent opening the innings and getting us off to a good start.
“Peter Camm has been fantastic with the ball, as he has been since he first played for the club. He is a very good and consistent performer but he can only bowl 15 out of 50 overs so he needs support and that is where Ed Lander has stepped up recently because he has been bowling excellently in the last few weeks.
“But the one standout performer has to be Devon Conway. When I was on holiday, I got a text from the lads saying they thought they’d seen the best innings at this level when he got a ton against Sawley, and then he did it again a week later and they texted that they had definitely seen the best innings at this level!”
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“He has four centuries in six innings for us, three in the last three innings and what’s more he took four wickets too on Sunday.
“He is by far the most naturally gifted batsman I have played with or against and is a phenomenal batsman to watch – and he’s only 20 as well.”
The club captain concluded: “But we’re well on course and the fact that we’re doing so well without playing anywhere near our best can be taken as a positive and we can definitely get better.
“However, the 2nds and 3rds are bottom of their leagues and so if we got promoted and they got relegated I wouldn’t consider that a good season for the club at all but that would be spreading our sides far too wide and it would be extremely difficilt for someone to step up from the seconds, if they were playing in Division 6N to the Premier League. We are short of numbers but that is something we are looking to address ASAP and solve because we want the club to strong throughout.
Any players of any age or capability are asked to contact club captain Steve Pell for more details on 07850 910464