Cutthorpe shine at home despite gloomy start

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Cutthorpe hosted third-placed Duffield knowing a tough game awaited them after defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the Derbyshire Division One season.

Intermittent morning rain, and a particularly heavy shower just 30 minutes before the start, caused a slight delay in proceedings but a full 50-over game was agreed by both captains and umpires.

Cutthorpe skipper David Bush won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Duffield to bat first.

When ex-Derbyshire wicket keeper Jamie Pipe launched the first ball of the game for six straight over the sightscreen it looked like it could have been a risky decision.

But, after a brief blitz by Pipe and fellow opener Sheldon, both were back in the pavillion before six overs had been bowled. Asad Butt (4-65) also picked up two more quick wickets and Duffield had gone from 45-0 after just four overs to 70-4 after 15 overs.

Two excellent spells of spin bowling from Nigel Kingham and Jake Bingham turned the game in Cutthorpe’s favour with hardly a run to be found during the middle period of the game.

Bakel (61*) had batted the majority of the innings and a late flurry by Short (34) helped Duffield to finish on 188-7. The pitch was getting better and better as it dried out and, with a short boundary to one side, Cutthorpe were reasonably pleased with how the first half of the game had gone.

Andrew Thompson (58) and Ed Barlow opened the innings but it wasn’t long before Barlow was on his way, bowled by Duffield’s overseas quick Webb. This brought together Thompson and David Sartor (71*) who put on what turned out to be a match winning stand.

Both were measured in their approach, leaving the ball well outside off stump to some good early bowling by the visitors, but cashed in on anything in their scoring areas.

However, Thompson was well caught at short mid wicket and when Kingham, despite playing a couple of nice early shots, could do nothing about a spitting delivery that bounced and caught his bat handle, Cutthorpe still required 50 to win and another partnership was required.

Sartor and new partner Butt (30*) made light work of the remaining runs, Butt especially treating the bowling with disdain to see Cutthorpe past the target only three wickets down with four overs to spare.

Cutthorpe move up to seventh in the table with six games to go ahead of this Saturday’s match at Matlock.

The seconds took a huge step to the Division 7N title with an away 75-run win over Riddings.