Cricket: Eckington come close to claiming maximum points

NDET 1-6-13 RKH 27 Eckington V Matlock   Eckington batsman Michael Spence
NDET 1-6-13 RKH 27 Eckington V Matlock Eckington batsman Michael Spence

Matlock battled hard to secure a losing draw against fellow promoted side Eckington on Saturday.

Currently third from the bottom of the league, Matlock went with a determination “not to lose” and to capture more points than Eckington, lying at the foot of the table.

Captain Matt Cluer invited Eckington to bat and the opening pair were not separated until 55 runs were on the board. Steve Chapman had Spence (13) caught by James Smith.

Runs continued to be accumulated but the introduction enabled Smith to take 3-59 in a 15 over spell of spin, aided by catches from Cluer and Drew Mullaney and a stumping via the quick hands of wicketkeeper Drage Thompson.

Opener Nicholas had closed in on a century but was foiled when caught and bowled by athletic pace-man Peter Camm for 90 at 166-4.

Mussewhite (17) and Bridgeman raised the score above the 200 mark and West and Adam Leonard batted out the 50 overs for a total of 224-7.

In reply, Kyle Heyns bowled both Kev Leatherday and Chris Fletcher for five and four respectively and Matlock were in early trouble at 31-2.

Heyns bowled Thompson(19) and Adam Leanord removed Fletcher (31)

With 174 needed it became a backs-to-the-wall innings. Josh Womble and Mullaney each resisted Heyns for 19 balls and Cluer scored a defiant 18 before he went.

Camm (20) and Steven Chapman were still undefeated but the partnership ended when Heyns caught and bowled Camm then Ed Lander(6) to finish with 6-70.

At 150-9 one wicket remained to be saved or claimed. Alex Lawson in his first batting role did not score a run but helped to secure a losing draw.