A calamitous batting collapse ended Cutthorpe’s season on a low note in the Derbyshire County League’s Premier Division.
Entertaining Eckington in their final match, Cutthorpe appeared to be cruising along nicely on 80-2, with opener Andrew Thompson passing the 50-mark and progressing fluently.
However, they suddenly slumped to 115 all out, losing their last six wickets for just six runs, and ended up tumbling to a four-wicket defeat.
It means they finish eighth in the 12-team table, just two points ahead of local rivals, Chesterfield.
Thompson made 59 from only 62 balls, firing two sixes and nine fours. But support from the other end was distinctly limited and after he was fourth man out on 102, the whole team capitulated, all back in the pavilion by the 24th over. Just one other player, Edward Barlow (13), reached double figures and the second highest contribution came from the extras column, which added up to 32, courtesy of 21 wides and 11 no balls.
The chief destroyer was first-change bowler Johan Davel, who took 5-14 in 7.4 overs, including the prized scalp of Thompson. There were also two wickets apiece for Alfie Gleadall and Adam Leonard.
Eckington’s reply wasn’t smooth sailing either as new-ball duo Josh Savage (4-44 in 13 overs) and Asadullah Butt (3-65 in 12 overs) tried to give Cutthorpe a lifeline. But from a shaky 68-5, they were steered home by Lewis Staniforth (29, six fours) and Liam Musselwhite (27no, five fours), who put on 38 for the sixth wicket and ensured the winning runs weren’t far away.