On a scorching day, Butterley Utd 1sts travelled to take on Cutthorpe in another vital game in Division 7N of the DCCL.
To match the weather, Butterley started in blazing fashion after Cutthorpe put them in to bat.
Nathan Parkin and Joe Burke opened, and both looked comfortable, until Parkin was dismissed on 12. As several batsmen came and went, it was Burke who stood firm, until being caught on 99, so close to a century knock.
Reast and Gee took up the mantle, and ended with 58 not out and 41 respectively, as captain Parkin took the opportunity to declare in the 43rd over on 275-8.
After tea, Butterley’s bowling attack started well, with both accuracy and pace the order of the day.
By the fourth over, Parkin had two wickets and Gee one, as the game swung towards Cutthorpe aiming for a draw. West, Barber and Buxton all entered the fray, and were rotated excellently, West eventually finishing with 3-27, while Burke took an astonishing five catches.
As it started to look as though Cutthorpe might bat through the innings, in stepped Lounds. He soon dispatched the settled batsmen with two quick wickets, and the game was won. The 27 points lifted Butterley off the bottom of the table for the first time, and with nine games remaining, there is everything to play for.
On Saturday, Darley Dale are the visitors to Nottingham Road. With refreshments available, and great cricket weather forecast, all support is welcome.
The club would like to thank Derbyshire County Council for their continued matchball sponsorship.