Bruerne bowled out by brilliant Butler

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Kibworth’s John Butler was the star of the show as he took 5-20 to inflict a 30-run defeat on Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Four.

Stoke captain Nick Adams inserted the home side into bat and Sam Heath (4-25) claimed the first wicket with a yorker, while Ashley Morris (1-34) kept it tight at the other end.

A brilliant low catch by debutant Fraser Halcrow then removed Bale for 12 before Heath took a wicket the next ball to leave Kibworth in trouble at 24-4.

A couple of steady partnerships rebuilt the innings but Walters (3-19) helped bowl the remaining batsmen out for just 124.

Stoke were seemingly on course for victory but they slumped to 8-3 in reply before Butler ripped through the middle order to leave Stoke 27-5, still needing another 98 to win.

Luke Adams (15), Halcrow (22) and Morris (17) offered some resistance but they failed to stop the visitors crashing to a hugely disappointing 94 all out.

Stoke, who slip to ninth as a result of that defeat, are away to third-placed Northampton Saints IIIs this weekend.