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South Notts Cricket League: Controversial call in Southwell's victory over Newark R&M adds to derby day drama

Southwell (227 for five) beat Newark R&M (225 for six) by five wickets

A controversial decision caused a stir in Division D as Southwell edged past Newark on Saturday.

ROBERT MATCHETT (blue helmet) was at the centre of a controversial moment in Newark’s defeat at Southwell.
ROBERT MATCHETT (blue helmet) was at the centre of a controversial moment in Newark’s defeat at Southwell.

Southwell captain Tom Clarke praised his side for coming out on top in a fiery derby match, which saw Southwell move fourth, one place and seven points ahead of the Kelham Road side.

The match wasn’t won or lost with one decision, but Clarke highlighted Robert Matchett’s dismissal on 41 as a boost for his side.

“We won the toss and chose to bowl, and we dropped both of their openers (Harry Atkinson, 53, and Charlie Hauton, 31) across the first and second overs, so we gave them a real chance,” said Clarke.

“Those two batted well and then we got our breakthrough (when Max Collins caught Hauton at 96-1).”

Atkinson managed four further runs before he was caught and bowled by Toby Stanley, and then the drama unfolded.

“Rob was on strike and it hit his pad, and the ball ambled back to our bowler but they (the Newark batters) crawled through for a run,” said Clarke: “And when Rob was running he was racing our bowler, and we could have run him out at the striker’s end, but as Rob ran towards the other end, he kicked the ball so the bowler couldn’t pick the ball up.

“He played it off really cool and said that he didn’t do it on purpose, but I was nearby and saw it unfold.

“I can see the argument Rob made, but he knew where he was running and the ball changed direction so it was clear for me.

“The Newark umpire was convinced he was out as well and he called me over to ask me if I wanted to withdraw the appeal, but I said that we believed he did it deliberately.”

Matthew Evans went on to reach 43 not out as Newark finished their 45 overs on 225 for six.

In reply, Southwell were consistent with their approach and beat Newark’s total in the 39th over.

“Our running between the wickets won it for us,” said Clarke.

“We were getting quick singles in and taking two runs instead of one, and it was those little things that won it for us.

“There was tension and it was a derby game, but afterwards they messaged us to say well done.

“I wish them all the best and it is nice that we are both in the top five now.”

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