Burton proves his class

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Rolleston 175-8, Matlock 245-9

Matlock won the toss and chose to bat at Rolleston but soon lost opener Kevin Leatherday, thus giving a quick baptism to their new South African overseas player Burton de Wett, only having arrived in England 24 hours earlier.

Despite losing partner Minesh Keshwala (13) at 40-2 he soon showed his quality, scoring all round the ground and along with John Aspinall (50) putting together a 93-run partnership.

When Peter Camm (11) was caught out to be followed by the running out of Andy Rogers (18) the run rate slowed.

Determined support from Steve Pell enabled de Wett to reach the nervous 90s but immediately after playing the shot of the match he was bowled on 99.

The last pair of Pell and Eddie Lander took the score to a competitive 245-9.

Marshall and Allen opened the Rolleston Innings against a lively Peter Camm and Eddie Lander attack and they reached 66 without loss.

Then again de Wett made his presence felt with his leg breaks and googlies having Allen (34) caught by Chris Fletcher at 74-1. The slower bowlers de Wett and Nick Rosling reduced the run rate but at drinks (25 overs) Rolleston were 101-1 and coasting.

Just the situation for the return of skipper Peter Camm, to bowl with fire and real pace. He immediately proved he would dive under a bus for a caught and bowled by diving almost the length of the wicket to dismiss top scorer Marshall (70). The next ball sent new batsman Rutter’s off stump cart-wheeling to the wicket keeper and a bail down to the third man.

When De Wett made an acrobatic catch off Camm the game had been turned around with the score at 151-6.

When Nick Rosling claimed a further wicket the possibility of a 27 maximum- point victory was in sight and made even more likely when Eddie Lander took 2-5 runs in a two-over spell. However, Rolleston held on for a losing draw.