Skipper’s century isn’t enough for Matlock

Kevin Leatherday
Kevin Leatherday

Captain Kevin Leatherday struck a fine century but Matlock were unable to stop Cutthorpe from earning victory on Saturday.

With heavy rain on Friday evening, Leatherday’s decision to bat first was slightly unorthodox, however he hoped to build pressure by posting a large first innings total.

Leatherday looked to lead from the front, as he has so many times this year, stroking the familiar bowling of Chapman around the park with Ashley Drayner again providing stability at the other end.

Leatherday and Drayner moved the score along to 22 before a trademark in-swinging delivery from Chapman got through the latter’s defences as Drayner was bowled for 8.

The captain, however, remained undeterred as he continued to accumulate runs quickly and was well supported by Ed Lowe (19) and then Harvey Hosein (14) who lofted one back to bowler Kingham which brought Andrew Roberts to the crease.

A short leg-side boundary favoured Roberts’ strength off his pads as he clipped several deliveries for maximums in a six ball cameo innings of 20. Leatherday endeavoured to do the same and succeeded ending on 126 not out, his best effort of the season so far.

This left Cutthorpe needing 222 to win after tea, a challenging total but by all means obtainable.

Thompson and Cluer got off to a strong start, punishing anything over-pitched from Matlock’s two openers who were not allowed to settle on their usual lengths.

The breakthrough came when Cluer hooked Chris Pemberton’s (2-65) short pitched delivery to the safe hands of Watkinson on the boundary. Thompson, however, continued well, picking up runs quickly and was ably assisted by overseas David Sartor.

Matlock needed wickets and Ed Lander (3-60) finally caught Thompson off his own bowling for 54 but Cutthorpe had already reached 120 and were showing no signs of slowing. Matlock’s bowlers couldn’t find a way of restricitng the visitors and were unable to build pressure.

Cutthorpe crossed the line with three overs to spare, pushing Matlock further towards the relegation zone.