Butler ready to serve up title

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Cuckney captain Will Butler hopes the pain of losing in the final of the ECB National Club t20 three years ago will help them go one step further tomorrow.

Butler was part of the side which narrowly lost to Bournemouth at Derby in 2009 and the skipper is hoping for a different outcome this time around.

"Reaching the national finals in 2009 was the highlight of all of our careers," Butler told ecb.co.uk.

"But the memories of that day are of disappointment at the end having got so close. Hopefully that experience will help us this year.

"Seven of the current squad played that day and we want to put it right."


A deflated Richard Stroh of Cuckney looks on as Bournemouth celebrate winning the ECB National Club t20 at Derby CCC in 2009

Cuckney will play Surrey side Wimbledon in the second semi-final - Chester-le-Street face Northern in the first - and Butler admits that playing at Edgbaston in front of the Sky Sports cameras presents a slightly different challenge to what he encounters on a Saturday afternoon.

"We are looking forward to playing at Edgbaston immensely," he said. "It's a Test venue, it's live on Sky - exciting times.

"It could be difficult to control a few of the youngsters tomorrow. It's such a big occasion that you can easily lose your focus.

"We have a tough semi-final against Wimbledon. They are a good side so we've got a long way to go before we can even start thinking about winning it.

"I don't know much about Wimbledon, just what I have seen on the Play-Cricket website. We are in unchartered territory but the best team will win on the day."

Butler said the team's exploits in 2009 raised the club's profile and reaching the national finals again proved that their earlier achievement was not a flash in the pan.

"We put the club on the map in 2009 and we've backed it up this year.

"We've come a long way. In 1995 we had a wooden shed as a pavilion and now we have two grounds and an indoor school - amazing facilities for a club side.

"We've done it the right way though and spent our money on developing young players. Apart from two or three, all of the players are born and bred in Cuckney."

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Will Butler goes on the attack during Cuckney's appearance in the 2009 national finals where they lost to Bournemouth