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Buxton club has grounds for improvement

Buxton Cricket Club chairman Neil Skitt and Bob Marsden who will captain the new third team at the new ground on Green Lane

Buxton Cricket Club chairman Neil Skitt and Bob Marsden who will captain the new third team at the new ground on Green Lane

Buxton Cricket Club hopes its new ground will serve as a rallying cry to the town, in its bid to boost membership.

The club has leased a playing field on Green Lane for its new third team to play on Saturdays next season, as part of division six of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire League.

The club, which was founded in 1853, currently has a first and second team who play alternate Saturdays at The Park, on Park Road.

It is hoped the extra ground will also allow the club to accommodate more junior teams, of which there are already seven and include players as young as eight.

Chairman Neil Skitt said: “We’re bringing cricket back; it hasn’t been played here for 52 years. We’ve got a thriving junior section, which is great as they represent the future for the club, but we need fresh blood. ”

The new site, which is owned by Buxton Hockey Club, who now play on Buxton Community School’s astroturf, used to be home to Burbage Cricket Club, which folded in 1962.

The ground, which has also been used by Buxton Ladies FC, junior football teams and Buxton Rugby Club in the past, has not been in use since the early 2000s.

Neil added: “It’s about making the club much more accessible to people of all ages. We need people to join us; the club is the lifeblood of the community.

“The town has got football and rugby and for one reason or another, cricket’s profile has slipped over the course of 20 to 30 years.

“We want to put Buxton Cricket Club back on the map. A town of this size should be up there with the best. Up until 20 years ago, Derbyshire County Cricket team played at The Park.”

He continued that the new ground was a “fitting tribute” to the late club member Tim Frohwein, whose body was found in the Goyt Valley in November. He said: “He had a passion for bringing cricket to the community. He was one of the driving forces and it will be something that Tim would have loved to have seen take off.”

Anyone interested in joining the club can call Neil on 01298 23004.

 

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