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Gloom for Clifton as they lose at Cutthorpe

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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CLIFTON were comfortably beaten when they made the long trip to Cutthorpe in the north of the county.

The result saw Cutthorpe overtake them in the County League Division One table and Matt Wilson's side are still struggling to find the momentum they need in this rain-wracked season.

Wilson won the toss and put Cutthorpe in, Clifton securing an early success with 26 on the board, but the home side's captain, Matt Cluer, batted well to top-score with 50 from 64 balls, a mixed-bag of an innings which included five sixes but only one four.

Clifton were able to chip away at the rest, with Campbell Ogilvie typically economical on his way to 3-22 from 12 overs.

Faisal Khan also took three wickets but his cost 50 from the same number of overs as Cutthorpe, without any other exceptional contributions with the bat, reached 190-9 from their 50 overs.

Clifton were under the coash from the start against an excellent opening spell of bowling by Steven Campbell, who sent back their first four batsmen on his way to 4-24 from 15 overs, eight of which were maidens.

Khan's 18 proved to be the top score and only three Clifton men made it into double figures as the innings folded up for 120 in 45 overs.

Even then, the full extent of Clifton's woes with the bat can be seen from the fact that Cutthorpe handed them 37 of their total in wides, extras amounting to 47 overall.

A win at home to struggling Stainsby Hall on Saturday will now be a must if the Chapel Lane side are to get back into the top half of the table.

Brailsford also endured a diffcult day away to Walton-on-Trent and were eventually grateful to come away with a draw.

Putting Walton in, they had two early successes, through Matt Dowling and Duncan Player, but then dropped Andy Easter, who went on to make 84 in Walton's 199-9.

With the roles reversed, Easter did not drop Dowling, who was sent back for eight, while fellow opener Adam Randall went for six.

Player made 44 to steady the ship and Johan Van Niekerk had to ensure there were no alarms with 28 not out as they closed on 129-8.

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