Matlock 153 all out, Stainsby Hall
161 all out
The day started with changes to the Matlock team due to injuries to Kevin Leatherday, replaced by cousin Martin, and wicket keeper Andy Rogers which gave an opportunity to 15-year-old Harvey Hosein fresh from the 25th Bunbury Festival where he was recipient of the wicket keeping award and interviewed on Sky Television.
Stainsby won the toss and caused surprise when deciding to bat on an ominously green and damp Causeway Lane wicket.
At 47-0, Ed Lowe was brought into the attack taking a wicket with his second ball when Lynch (23) skied a catch to Keshwala and followed up by bowling Zaman with out further score.
Meanwhile, Chris Fletcher had joined the attack and trapped Tom Wood (27) lbw to put Matlock in the ascendency at 53-3.
Lowe took another wicket and the pressure was increased when Lowe had Oppenheim caught behind the wicket by Hosein and took a fifth wicket when bowling Hardwick.
Stainsby were 67-6 and the prospect of dismissal below a 100 looked likely until along came David Smyth. Determined to hit Stainsby out of trouble he caused Lowe (5-25) and Fletcher (1-24) to be taken out of the attack.
Smith was the ninth wicket to fall but only after top scoring with 59 caught Keshwala bowled Lander (1-37).
Camm (2-45) then completed the job dismissing Gregson in the 47th over to give an all out total of 161
Matlock’s attack on the set total started disastrously against opening bowlers David Smyth and Junead Zaman with three wickets down for 18 runs.
The presence of Burton de Wett – the leading run scorer in Division One – lifted the confidence of the team but with only 44 runs on the board a mistimed drive saw him caught at cover for 24.
A partnership of 38 between Steve Pell now joined by Peter Camm improved the situation until Pell (18) looked perplexed when bowled by Smyth.
The momentum was maintained by new partner Nick Rosling adding 50 more runs before he was bowled by Zaman.
Camm remained defiant but lacked support. The last four wickets fell for 18 runs leaving him 62 no, stranded and nine runs short of a winning total, walking disconsolately back to the changing rooms and wondering why seven batsman only managed 13 runs in total and why seven were bowled.
The game, and the seven points gained, has put a dampener on Matlock’s ambition.