Mixed fortunes for Butterley Utd

from left to right, Harry Gee , Dean Kenney  and Charlie Buxton of Butterley United CC
from left to right, Harry Gee , Dean Kenney and Charlie Buxton of Butterley United CC

Butterley Utd 1sts travelled to Shipley Hall, on a cold overcast day, with only ten players due to a late withdrawal.

Shipley won the toss, and put Butterley in. The start was encouraging, with Bonsall and Lounds attacking the bowling, until Lounds was caught on 20.

Unfortunately, this was the start of a collapse, with five wickets falling for 18. Pride was restored by the partnership of West and Barber, with some very skilful and mature batting, as they nursed the score to 128 before West was caught on 54. Barber finished on 27 not out. with Butterley setting a target of 151-8.

Butterley set about the Shipley batting with excellent bowling, but the batsmen stood firm. Despite their best efforts, the ball would not come to hand, and Shipley reached their target with 16 overs to spare. Butterley host Alfreton at Nottingham Road on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Butterley 2nds hosted Darley Abbey with eyes on maintaining their 100 per cent winning start.

Pash put Darley Abbey in to bat and Gee was first to strike, dismissing Roe with Day taking the catch behind. Kenney and Gee then dispatched the next three batsmen, before Holmes got in on the act.

Darley Abbey eventually reachED just 65 from 28.5 overs. Kenney, Gee and Holmes all finished with three wickets.

Day and Buxton opened and with runs coming at a ferocious pace, Day was first to go on 11. Youngster Sheldon then took guard, and smashed two early fours before finishing on ten not out. However, Charlie Buxto took centre stage again, firing 37 not out including two consecutive fours and a huge six to finish.

With a double header against Kirk Langley on Saturday, and Matlock at home on Sunday, it could prove to be a big weekend.