The cricket season begins this Saturday and Cutthorpe CC 1st and 2nd XI both start life in uncharted territory.
The 1st XI will begin their first ever campaign at the summit of amateur cricket in the Derbyshire Premier League after securing promotion from Division One last season.
The side has been strengthened with the signing of young Derbyshire batsman Ryan Bramwell from Ockbrook and Borrawash. The 18 year old has played a number of games in the County’s 2nd XI and comes to Cutthorpe as one of the most promising young players around.
Overseas professional Josh Savage returns after a remarkable 2015 season for Cutthorpe where he took over 70 wickets and with the rest of the squad remaining unchanged the club have high hopes of holding their own in what will no doubt be a huge leap in standard.
1st XI captain David Bush told us: “We had a magnificent 2015 season and although we know the challenge of Premier League cricket will be tough we have the players to compete with any side around.
“We had a tremendous team spirit last year which no doubt saw us win the odd close game and I’m positive this will see us through some of the challenges we will face this season.
“The return of Josh Savage is a massive plus point for us as is the signing of Ryan Bramwell. We’ve managed to keep the rest of our side together and we have a number of young players on the fringe looking to break into the team so all the signs are positive.”
Rolleston are the first opponents for Cutthorpe, the Burton based side travelling to North Derbyshire this Saturday for a 12pm start.
The 2nd XI have been promoted two seasons running and will compete in Division 5 North under the leadership of John Combe, aiming to compete at the top of end of the division which is by no means beyond them.
The side contains a number of talented young players, many of which who have County honours at junior level and this is complimented well with some more experienced figures who have played for many years in the clubs 1st XI.
Finally, the clubs 3rd XI continue in Division 9N under club stalwart John Simpson giving opportunities to younger junior players as an entrance to men’s cricket.