Matlock (6pts) 222-6 lost to
Denby (22pts) 223-5 by 5 wickets
Winning the toss and choosing to bat the Matlock openers made a positive start with a 76-run partnership against a very strong Denby side who had won all their previous three matches.
Minesh Keshwala (23) then nudged a catch to the wicketkeeper but Kevin Leatherday went on to reached his 50 and with Matlock’s overseas player Burton de Wett put on 58 before de Wett (20) was caught with the total at 119-2.
The slow bowlers Greenhaugh and Burgoyne created problems and Leatherday’s fine innings (60) ended when caught on the boundary trying to up the run rate. He was soon to be followed by John Aspinall (13) and Peter Camm (9) - 146-5.
Andy Rogers then hit a superb not out 53 in 37 balls and aided by the fleet-of-foot Chris Fletcher (18) took the score to 220 before the innings ended at a respectable of 222-6, 30 runs short of a par score, due largely to the efforts of Greenhalgh (3-58) and Burgoyne (3-50).
Denby openers Sunhil Bhatt and Chris Durham made a tentative start, Bhatt surviving a confident appeal in the first over but the first wicket did not fall until the total reached 81 when Durham (42) skied a catch to Leatherday off Eddie Lander.
The hoped-for breakthrough did not materialise despite the continued mean bowling of Lander.
Greenhalgh joined Bhatt in a 69-run partnership only broken when Burton de Wett trapped Greenhalgh (36) with the score at 152-2.
Liam Glenn (11) became de Wett’s second victim but Denby had already reached 182 and still seven wickets remained.
Bhatt (77), the backbone of the Denby innings, was then caught off a wide ball he did well to reach - 195- 4.
Runs became harder to get and the tension mounted as the overs dwindled.
A respectable draw seemed feasible until Peter Burgoyne (21no) was joined by former Matlock player Stuart Poplar (11) who hit a six out of the ground leaving just four runs to get.
The tension peaked when Poplar was bowled by Lander (3-52) only to be dispersed by one blow when with only one over remaining David Burgoyne hit an aerial winning boundary, almost clutched on route.
Denby won by five wickets.
The result gives Denby 22 points, a position as league leaders, limiting Matlock to just six points, a midtable position and a roasting from skipper Peter Camm on the days catching and ground fielding.