Cutthorpe open up significant gap

Cutthorpe batsman David Sartor in action during their match against Clifton on Saturday.
Cutthorpe batsman David Sartor in action during their match against Clifton on Saturday.

Cutthorpe travelled to Matlock for this week’s Derbyshire Division One clash knowing a win would start to open up a significant gap to the bottom two.

It looked like a bowl first pitch so when Matlock won the toss and decided to bat Cutthorpe knew they would be chasing a target for maximum points later in the day.

Asad Butt (1-35) and the returning Steve Chapman (1-50) took the new ball and exploited the early conditions with some accurate seam bowling. Matlock’s openers found it difficult to get away but after 22 overs Matlock had set the innings up well at 75-2.

Although the pitch had something in it for the bowler, there was no pace and with a boundary to one side no longer than 40 yards Cutthorpe knew they would have to defend, especially with Matlock skipper Leatherday starting to score freely.

Jake Bingham, David Sartor and Imran Zafar (1-33) all bowled well through the middle overs, but no-one could could get the prize wicket of Leatherday who had now moved to his century.

Nigel Kingham (2-28) bowled superbly to take two wickets at the end and the innings finished on 222-6, Leatherday ending on an excellent 126*.

After 50 overs, it was evident the pitch was not as difficult as initially thought and with such a short boundary Cutthorpe were still well in the game, and confidence among the batsman was high.

Andrew Thompson (54) made his intentions known from the off with a huge six to the long boundary for the first scoring shot of the innings.

Fellow opener Matt Cluer (19) followed suit with a number of early boundaries before he fell. Sartor (31) joined Thompson, who continued to leave well, but cash in on anything in his scoring areas before he went to an excellent returned catch from Lander.

Kingham (69*) and Sartor continued to score freely before the latter and his replacement, Butt, were removed to leave Cutthorpe 164-4. Kingham and 15-year-old Ed Barlow (11) took the score to 200 before Lander struck again.

Plested soon followed and Cutthorpe were six down with 16 still required. It was left to Bingham (12*) and Kingham to finish things off, the latter with a glorious cover drive for four to the win the game with two overs to spare.