Skipper’s five-for helps Matlock thwart Alrewas

Ed Lander took five wickets in his first home game as club captain.
Ed Lander took five wickets in his first home game as club captain.

Matlock recovered from their opening day defeat by earning a well-deserved draw at home to Alrewas on Saturday.

It was Alrewas’s first game at Causeway Lane having been promoted from Division Two last season,Matlock’s new captain Ed Lander winning the toss and putting the visitors in to bat.

Alrewas got off to a flying start as opener James Burton raced to 19 however when Ed Lander ran him out the momentum swung in Matlock’s favour.

Woolley was next to go as he shouldered arms to one that jagged back from Lander and Chris Pemberton also broke through claiming Chapman caught behind.

A rain break then condemned the game to a timed one and also livened up the wicket as Lander struck again ending on figures of 5-65.

Dave Lander (1-12) and Drew Mullaney (2-29) also bowled well restricting the visitors and taking steady wickets.

Matlock had Alrewas on the ropes at 140 for 9 but a last wicket stand, mainly thanks to number 11 Craig Swinfield (23), meant the innings reached 170.

Although Matlock were slightly disappointed to have let Alrewas away, they bowled well on a reasonable wicket and knew a good performance with the bat would get them close.

Mark Burton and Jonathan Ford combined to thwart any threat from the openers until Ford (16) was bowled.

This led quickly to the dismissal of Roberts and Rob Lowe as a repeat collapse looked a distinct possibility.

Ed Lowe steadied the innings somewhat as Burton continued to drive the ball well despite his teammates falling around him.

The run chase was still alive even after Ed Lowe was caught at backward point as Dave Lander spent some time at the crease, helping Burton as they eased towards the target.

When Burton (45) was finally trapped LBW by Broadway and Ed Lander was dismissed first ball after edging Broadway’s next delivery to first slip, Matlock began to consolidate, closing on 141-8 to ensure they went away with a well-deserved draw.