Cluer delivers captain’s performance with 50

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 finally kicked off their home league campaign with the visit of Clifton.

Stand-in skipper Matt Cluer lost the toss and Clifton decided to bowl first on a wicket that had been exposed to some early morning rain.

Cluer (50) was the main contributor to a decent total of 190-9 from 50 overs.

In what was a good team effort in at times tricky batting conditions, most of the side made a contribution in what looked like a highly competitive score.

It turned out to be just that as Clifton were bowled out 120 in 45 overs. Steve Chapman (4-24) was yet again impeccable with the new ball, David Sartor (3-36) bowled an impressive spell and Asadullah Butt (2-35) finished things off for Cutthorpe’s third win on the bounce.

At the halfway point of the season Cutthorpe sit sixth in Division 1 on 130 points. Next week Quarndon are the visitors for a rematch of last week’s epic cup encounter.

Cromford Meadows 128-9 drew with Cutthorpe 228-5

The 2nd team travelled to Cromford looking to cement their position at the top of Division 7N. Skipper John Combe lost the toss and Cutthorpe batted first.

Excellent contributions from Combe (71) and Tony Sadler (60*) with support from Jake Bingham (27) and Simon Barlow (25) led Cutthorpe to a very good first innings total of 228-5.

After the break Cutthorpe were unable to get as many early breakthroughs as they may have hoped for. John McCollum (2-17) bowled excellently and skipper Combe (5-8) was again in the action with a late flurry of wickets which left just one wicket for victory. However, it was not to be as the Cromford Meadows final two batsman held firm.

Another good result leaves the 2nd team top of Division 7N with 197 points, 15 clear of Darley Dale, at the halfway point of the season. Next week they travel to bottom of the table Clay Cross.