Pell: Promotion is in our hands

Steve Pell, Matlock CC skipper
Steve Pell, Matlock CC skipper

MATLOCK Cricket Club’s first team skipper Steve Pell believes his side has hit ‘fantastic form’ at just the right time and promotion is now very much in the team’s own hands.

Saturday’s Derbyshire County League Division One game against second-placed Clifton was cancelled due to the wet weather, meaning Matlock are still 13 points clear at the top of the table. This Saturday, they travel to take on mid-table Ilkeston Rutland.

Just before the halfway stage in the season, Steve Pell said he felt the best was yet to come and he’s been delighted with the form shown since then.

He explained: “In the last three or four games, we have really played some excellent cricket and hit some fantastic form.

“The atmosphere was really good before but just recently it’s gone up to a whole new level and the place is a pleasure to be around. The lads are buzzing, they’re up for it, they’ve really hit form and with nine games to go and with a 13-point lead, promotion is very in our own hands I feel, because we’ve already played the second and thirdplaced teams twice.”

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“We’ve got quite a few players in excellent form. Peter Camm is still the top wicket taker in Division One and bowling excellently. Ed Lander has been bowling really really well too. He’s not always someone who picks up bags of wickets but he only goes for around two an over off 13-14 overs and, by doing that, he creates the pressure that brings wickets for others, so he’s vital.

“And Devon Conway is still scoring runs for fun, a phenomenal batsman, leading run scorer in league and now starting picking up quite a few wickets, which is a massive bonus for us.

“If someone had offered us second at the start the season we’d have snapped their hand off but now we’re in front, it’d be great to get promoted to the Derbyshire Premier League and win Division One in the process.

“We’ve got the capability to win it and we think we’ve got the temperament too because that’s where people like me, Pete Camm, Kev Leatherday, John Aspinall etc, who’ve been playing at the top level of local cricket for the past 15 years or so, can come into our own and use our experience.

“We’ve got the consistency now that we wanted and, given that we got into the final of three cup competitions last year and lost them, obviously our number one aim is promotion but we’d like to pick up some silverware too.”