Three in a row for Cutthorpe 1sts as 2nds benefit from a captain’s display

Eckington cricket club v Cutthorpe. Cutthorpe bowler Jake Bingham.
Eckington cricket club v Cutthorpe. Cutthorpe bowler Jake Bingham.
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Cutthorpe secured a third successive victory, this time by three wickets over Sawley & Long Eaton Park, to all but confirm Division One cricket in 2015.

Persistent evening rain on Friday meant that a green wicket awaited the sides on the Saturday. Cutthorpe skipper David Bush won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first.

The Sawley openers got off to a steady start before Asad Butt (2-25) dismissed both in an excellent spell of bowling. The runs had really dried up and the away side went to drinks on 55-2. It was evident that the scoring rate would up and with so many wickets in hand Cutthorpe knew they would have to bowl good areas and restrict the boundaries.

This went to plan until late on when some uncharacteristic short bowling led to some lusty blows and Sawley managed to make a competitive 206-7 from their 50 overs. Jake Bingham (2-48) and Imran Zafar (2-34) were the wicket takers late on for Cutthorpe.

It had become apparent that the lack of pace in the pitch was making it difficult to take wickets, but after 12 overs Cutthorpe were 40-3 with Cluer (3), Sartor (4) and Kingham (14) all out to the bowling of Sawley overseas player Cameron (3-48).

A partnership was desperately needed at this stage and Andrew Thompson (87) and Butt (37) both batted superbly to take the score to 160 before Thompson, who was back to his best, was LBW.

As is the norm with Cutthorpe, they tend to do things the hard way. What had been 160-4 at the fall of Thompson became 187-7 after Butt, Plested (2) and Chapman (2) were dismissed. With 20 still required from five overs it looked like it could be tense, but Ed Barlow (17*) and Zafar (12*) hit some big shots to see Cutthorpe home with an over to spare. Cutthorpe travel to bottom placed Staveley Welfare this coming Saturday.

Cutthorpe seconds set Stanton by Dale a difficult task when, having lost the toss, they posted 247-2. Captain John Combe (129*) carried his bat for a season high and was well supported throughout. Stanton batted for a draw from the start and got it, closing on 168-5.

Cutthorpe thirds 118 all out lost to Darley Abbey 120-6.