Derbyshire County Cricket League
Geoff Cox Cars Division 5N
Belper Amateurs 1st XI (22pts) 174-2 [36.5 overs] (O Deeming 55, J Kington 50, F Watson 41) beat Matlock (4pts) 171 all out [44.5 overs] (L Presland 65, T Coey 43, C Maleham 3-31, P Spencer 3-57) by 8 wickets
To Matlock’s relief, the Packhorse Ground was perfectly warm for an afternoon’s cricket and finally it felt like cricket season was beginning.
On what looked like a very green wicket with a lot in it for the bowlers, Amateurs won the toss and elected to field.
C Maleham (3-31) opened the bowling and his variant bowling including either wides or unplayable deliveries caused the Matlock top order both difficulty and confusion.
At the other end M Morris provided some great consistency and was somewhat unlucky to only manage the solitary wicket.
This early loss of wickets left Matlock in a spot of bother and when Dean Jones grabbed another wicket for the Amateurs with a good one-handed catch Matlock needed a partnership badly.
Enter L Pressland (65) who countered the Amateurs bowling and scored at a hefty rate with T Coey (43*) providing the only other good score for Matlock.
The Amateur’s bowlers continued to work hard and P Spencer (3-57) provided some important wickets and some great conducting of his fielders in the fear of losing out on more wickets. Maleham returned to polish off the tail and the Matlock innings ended with the visitors all out for 171.
Amateurs started brightly, makeshift opener Dean Jones (14) supported O Deeming (55) as they scored quickly to put Matlock on the backfoot. The introduction of J Kington (50*) made life no easier for Matlock as a large partnership between Deeming and Kington developed. The young pair combated quick running with some boundaries to capitalise on a lacklustre bowling and fielding unit. Deeming fell just after the 100 mark and Matlock hopes raised slightly, only to find F Watson (41*) in rampant mood. He and Kington added the rest of the runs at a devastating rate and Amateurs reached the target with 10 overs left.
This weekend Amateurs are in local derby action when they face Ambergate away.