Jack Butler

Sports Journalist @ News Associates.

Freelance work for BBC Sport Cricket.

Also published: The Cricketer, Wisden, TheSetPieces, Daily Mail, Flashscore, and local papers across Sussex.

Matchday reporting experience on Cricket (Sussex CCC, Trent Rockets), Football (Crawley Town F.C) & Netball (Saracens Mavericks).



The Cricketer

Sussex World - Crawley Town FC reporter


Wisden’s Bob Willis Trophy Team Of The Week – Round Three

Jack Butler picks out a combined XI of the best performers from the third round of the Bob Willis Trophy.

Having begun his season on loan at Leicestershire with a ton against Lancashire, Slater was back at it for Nottinghamshire this round with a ton against… Lancashire!

The other Ben at Trent Bridge enjoyed a welcome return to form, hitting 116 from 156 balls and combining with Slater for a second-wicket stand of 178 as Notts put up 472 against Lancashire. While the follow on was enforced, No

Declaration Bowling: 'An Insult To First-Class Cricket' Or A Justifiable Tactic?

The Bob Willis Trophy match between Leicestershire and Durham saw Leicestershire turn to declaration bowling as both counties tried to force a result on the final day.

Declaration bowling is one of the most complex cricket oddities; it is a way to force a win, even if it looks like you’re doing everything to lose.

The infamous tactic, which has its detractors, sees the fielding side deliberately bowl ‘badly’ so that the batting side can score at a quicker rate. What looks on the surface as a b

Eight Takeaways From The Latest Round Of Bob Willis Trophy Fixtures

In between rain delays, the return of the Bob Willis Trophy saw some fine cricket on show. Here are some highlights from this week’s fixtures:

After sunny spells dominated lockdown, it was inevitable that cricket’s return would be soon followed by the rain. This weekend saw every county fixture disrupted by bad weather with most games ending in draws. However, that didn’t stop counties getting creative to force a result. At the Fischer County Ground, both sides forfeited an innings each after s