Butterley Utd are ready to return to action with winter nets to begin

Butterley United CC’s players return to winter nets on Sunday, February 2, as thoughts turn to the 2014 season.

2013 proved to be an eventful season, both on and off the field, for the club, with some significant progress despite the disappointment of relegation for the 1st XI.

The 54-point deduction was, in the end, a bridge too far, but there were lots of positives to take.

On the field, the club welcomed a number of new players, along with a number of U15s who made the practice net sessions a joy for everyone with their youthful enthusiasm.

In the 1st XI, opener Nathan Parkin amassed 896 runs (including his first century for the club), which was a great achievement, while Joe Burke was so close to his first century too, hitting 99.

Burke proved himself to be arguably the pick of the wicketkeepers in 7N, taking 18 wickets, with 16 catches. With 29 wickets for the 1st XI, Chris Barber proved to be Mr Consistency, ending the season with three five-fers in the 1st XI.

In the 2nd XI, it was Chaz Buxton who topped the batting, hitting 349 runs from only nine innings, including a knock of 129. Bob Powdrill returned and amassed over 200 runs in only six innings, while Harry Gee and Dave Arrowsmith also contributed, with Arrowsmith hitting 101 not out on his debut.

Dean Kenney topped the bowling charts for the 2nd XI, with 33 wickets, 57 for the season in total, including a seven-fer.

Off the field, despite a heartfelt plea, sponsorship proved difficult.

However, the club would like to make a special mention of Derbyshire County Council, who gave a fantastic contribution towards the cost of matchballs/kit.

A club spokesman added: “With the help of DCB, Ripley Town Council, DCC, etc. we will be looking to re-establish our junior section, with teams being formed at both Kwik and U15s levels.

“Junior practice sessions will be held at winter nets, where we will have junior coaches present.”

Anyone interested in joining Butterley United CC is asked to contact Glyn Hubbard on 07814 540039 or via email at butterleyunitedcc@gmail.com

Alternatively, feel free to attend winter nets at Aldercar School, held every Sunday starting on February 2, 11.30am–12.30pm. Any child interested in Kwik cricket (school years three to six inclusive), or under 15s in school years nine and ten, please also feel free to get in touch.