Sitting at the wrong end of the DCCL Division 7N table, 67 points adrift of safety, Sunday’s win against fourth-placed Stanton was a welcome one for Butterley Utd 1sts.
Stanton won the toss and elected to bowl, and Parkin and Buxton had a great start, with top run scorer Parkin getting 84 before being caught behind.
With five ducks from the remaining batsmen, it was left to West to earn a respectable score with a knock of 35 not out, to earn Butterley a total of 174 from 40.2 overs.
Sharma proved to be the Stanton dangerman, with 5-24.
With 51 overs for Stanton to reach the total, Butterley were at them from the off. With economy being the order of the day, Stanton adjusted well and sat on 136 for 3, until Dean Kenney entered the fray. He soon dispatched the middle order, with 5-15 runs, as Stanton collapsed to 160 all out.
The win puts them back in contention, and safety in division 7N is a real possibility rather than a hope.
With a large portion of the season left, it is hoped more wins of this nature can be gained.