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Clifton are lifted by Ogilvie return

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

Campbell Ogilvie made a welcome return to Clifton's team after injury as they picked up a valuable 17 points against Matlock.

Campbell Ogilvie made a welcome return to Clifton's team after injury as they picked up a valuable 17 points against Matlock.

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CAMPBELL Ogilvie made his return from a broken finger as Clifton eased their County League Division One relegation fears at home to Matlock.

It was the next best thing to a win for the Chapel Lane side as they took 17 points from an emphatic winning draw.

Ogilvie played a relatively small role in the game itself but the return of the talented New Zealander can only have boosted Clifton's flagging spirits after a run of four straight defeats.

It was Faisal Khan and skipper Matt Wilson who got things moving with a stand of 65 after Clifton had slipped to 33-2.

Wilson went for a patient 45 from 76 balls but Khan was unmoved on his way to a fine 89 not out in 94 balls, with four fours and three sixes.

Alex Wooliscroft gave the second half of the innings some impetus with 48 from 32 balls, including six fours and three sixes.

The innings closed on 233-6 from 50 overs – riches indeed after the team's recent batting woes.

Ed Wilson then virtually ensured Clifton would not lose by taking the early wickets of Ashley Draynor and danger man Kevin Leatherday in Matlock's reply as he returned 2-18 from 11 overs.

Ogilvie also took two wickets and although Ed Lander's 75 not out made sure Matlock would not lose, they closed well short on 162-5.

Clifton are now a healthier 22 points clear of the drop zone with four matches left to play. They away at Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.

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