Cutthorpe ease to three wicket win




Cutthorpe travelled to bottom placed Stainsby Hall for a crucial match, as the half way point of the season approached.

Skipper David Bush won the toss and elected to bowl first in an attempt to put pressure on the opposition who had struggled to consistently score runs.

A wayward start from the bowlers allowed Stainsby to get off to a flyer before David Sartor (3-28) made the initial breakthrough.

A calamitous run-out and a wicket for Steve Chapman put Stainsby under further pressure and when Asad Butt picked up the fourth in quick time things were starting to look good for Cutthorpe.

The Stainsby Hall middle order dug in at a crucial time and took the score to around 150 despite the best efforts of Imran Zafar who managed to pick up a wicket with the ball of the day.

Cutthorpe decided to contain and with two further wickets for Sartor, one for Chapman and one for Nigel Kingham who had bowled excellently at the death, as Stainsby finished 195 all out from the final delivery of the innings.

Andrew Thompson and Matt Cluer opened the innings and it was Thompson (45) who went after the Stainsby opening bowlers from ball one. 65 was on the board in the 11th over before he was excellently caught and bowled.

Cluer (54) and Sartor (31) then went about occupying the crease and edging Cutthorpe closer to the total. Both played the Stainsby bowling with ease and looked to be putting Cutthorpe in a great position for victory.

However, Cluer was caught in the deep and Sartor bowled by an excellent yorker and despite a good knock by Nick Drew (25) Cutthorpe had somehow managed to leave themselves needing 25 runs with new batsman at the crease in Kingham and Butt.

Both fell cheaply, followed by Rob Plested first ball and now 15 were required and Cutthorpe 7 down.

Youngster Ed Barlow and Chapman got the side over the line, Chapman finishing it with two lusty blows to avert the nerves and give Cutthorpe a huge 22 points to move to seventh in Derbyshire Division One.

A youthful team hosted Quarndon on Sunday in the second round of the Marstons Smooth Cup. Cutthorpe 272-9 lost to Quarndon 297-9.