Mixed day for Nutbrook sides ahead of special match for Arthur

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Nutbrook CC travelled to Denby looking for a third victory on the trot, but, batting first, were rocked by the early loss of both their openers cheaply.

Nutbrook then progressed to 174-6 after 46 overs, Adam Lever (37), Steven Sanderson (33) and Russ Henshaw (44) contributing to the total.

In their reply, Denby were quickly reduced to 57-5, mainly thanks to Kevin Flewitt’s fine figures of 4-39 , but the hosts recovered after that to ease to victory.

Second XI

Promotion-chasing Nutbrook seconds entertained Rosehill Methodists CC.

Rosehill, batting first, made 181, Harry Duckels with 3-32, Danny Brooks 4-52 and Chris Goring 3-35 amongst the wickets.

Nutbrook then cruised to victory with skipper John Wilson (63) leading from the front, assisted by Simon Taylor with 47, as they cruised to the target off only 29 overs.

Third XI

Nutbrook thirds met Duffield CC but slumped to 141 all out, only Lewis Haywood (41) and Jack Brewer offering any resistance.

Duffield then raced to victory in only 25 overs.

l On Sunday, Nutbrook CC hosted a special match to mark the re-naming of their ground.

The Arthur Fisher Memorial Ground is how the club’s home will now be known, in memory of a man who played for the side for 42 years until 1999, and who passed away in 2004.

Arthur also took the role of groundsman and numerous other positions on the committee, as well as being involved in fundraising activities. His wife, Marlene, was a tea lady for over 30 years.

On Saturday, Arthur’s youngest daughter, Sally Witham, unveiled new plaques to mark the re-naming and on Sunday a match was played in Arthur’s honour against an Ilkeston invititational XI, with old players who knew him taking part as well as family members and players from the junior set-up.

Ilkeston batted first and reached 238-5, Ian Banks making 49 and Tom Bentley, Angad Singh and Tom Lockhart all scoring half centuries before retiring.

Nutbrook fell 45 runs short in reply desite 50 from Adam Barrett and 30 from Tom North. George Moulds took 3 for 18.

l It has been revealed that a pre-season fundraiser held at Nutbrook Cricket Club to help cover the cost of burst pipes during the winter reaised over £1,500.

After three pipes burst during the freezing November weather, the club had to pay out over £2,000 for the electrics to be updated and had to close their clubhouse until February.

Following a fundraising cocktail party to mark its re-opening, April’s race night, which in cluded an auction and food served by Jackson’s Chippie, helped boost the coffers further.

Club chairman John Kirk said: “All groundwork, coaching and organising is carried out by volunteers and our only sources of income are either fundraising or sponsorship.

“Given the current financial climate, individuals and companies can’t afford to help as much as they may have in the past.

“So evenings like the one held in April, with a mixture of fun and fundraising, are important in boosting the club’s finances.”