Stainsby Hall 131,
Matlock gained a comfortable victory on their visit to Stainsby Hall, thereby earning a maximum 22 points for a team batting second and a place in the top four of the Derbyshire County League Division One.
Last week’s demand for improved fielding was answered in style with four catches taken and four run outs with skipper Peter Camm again leading by example.
Batting first Stainsby little expected that when opener Ashley Lynch was caught by Chris Fletcher off Ed Lowe he would prove to be their top scorer with 27 runs.
Further catches then followed from Burton De Wett (2) and Camm.
However, the highlight of the innings was the explosive run-outs, three of which were direct hits, from throws by Camm (2), Fletcher and Minesh Keshwala.
The bowlers keeping up the pressure bowlers were Camm 3-39: De Wett 1-19; Eddie Lander 1-26; Lowe 1-36 and Fletcher 0-10.
Stainsby were all out for 131 with seven overs to spare. The Matlock innings was made to look an easy ride despite eight overs of fierce bowling by Derbyshire CCC left arm fast bowler Mark Footitt (0-28).
The only wicket lost was Kevin Leatherday (19) caught off Stainsby’s most economical bowler David Smyth (1-17).
Keshwala batted throughout the 33 overs for a solid 21 not out but the star batting performance came from South African De Wett hitting 52 off 70 balls including a massive winning six over both the bowler’s head and sightscreen.
The second highest scorer was extras, a helpful 45.
All this left eight unemployed batsman hiding in the pavilion from the cold evening weather and perhaps contemplating the prospect of carrying their winning ways and fielding performance into next Saturday’s home game with a very strong Swarkestone side – a must not lose situation if end of season promotion is to be achieved.