Matlock CC 1sts beat Staveley Welfare by eight wickets
MATLOCK CC are now 24 points clear at the top of Division One of the Derbyshire County League after this latest victory.
It was so important to Matlock’s promotion ambition that this game against lowly-placed Staveley be played that a working party met at 7.30am on the match day to prepare the rain-soaked pitch, following a whole day of work by the groundstaff on the Friday.
This work was rewarded. Staveley, put in to bat, were all out for 88 runs in 35 overs. The only real resistance came from the Bullimores, Chris top scoring with 27. Peter Camm had a field day with a glorious 6-25.
The innings ended too early to take tea and Kev Leatherday and Matt Cluer scored 29 of the required runs until Cluer made way for Devon Conway. With no prospect of a seventh century, he nevertheless top scored with 40 not out.
Leatherday (22) didn’t quite see it through but gave that opportunity to Mark Burton.
Matlock won by eight wickets and gained 22 points and so increased the margin over second placed Eckington, relishing the favour done by Marehay in defeating the formerly second-placed Clifton.
Matlock 1st XI beat Belper Meadows by 166 runs
The weekend got even better on Sunday when booked their place in the final of the Marston’s Smooth Trophy for the second year in a row.
The sun shone to provide an old-fashioned cricket day at Christchurch Meadows, Belper.
Matlock batted first and well, with openers Leatherday (44) – he is really enjoying his cricket this season – and the enthusiastic Chris Fletcher (69) doing well until both fell with the score at 117.
Not surprisingly, Devon Conway increased the tempo, his audacity and strokeplay entertaining players and spectators alike.
His unexpected demise came when he was bowled while in full flow by Matthew Murfin (4-30) for 66.
As the score had now reached 200-4, the remaining batsman took risks, losing wickets in the cause of quick runs, the main contributor being captain Steve Pell (20), so enabling a total of 251-8 in the allotted 50 overs.
The size of this total was soon put into perspective when Belper lost Adrian Marsh to Ed Lander with 12 scored. This just lit Peter Camm’s fuse.
Bowling fearsome yorkers, he shattered the stumps of Slater, trapped Williscroft lbw next ball, missed out on a hat-trick then bowled Tom Buckley and had Cox caught by keeper Mark Stokes standing far back.
With the score at 16-5 wickets, Pell then replaced Camm with Chris Fletcher who obliged when he caught and bowled Ryan Buckley (11) at 31-6. There was spirited resistance from Richard Marsh (31) and Joe Wozniczka-Wells (20 not out) as Pell exercised his bowlers, but Belper were all out for 85, Matlock winning by 166 runs.
Matlock now meet either Rolleston or Alfreton in the final, to be played on Bank Holiday Monday at Quarndon, Matlock’s second successive appearance after losing to Swarkestone at Denby last year.