ANOTHER poor batting display left Buxton 1st XI 24 points adrift of safety in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire and Cheshire League, as they suffered defeat at the hands of Compstall, who eased their own relegation worries at The Park on Saturday.
Buxton batted first on what looked like a good wicket, but the only highlight of the innings was a 55-run partnership between Luke Smith (27) and Amrit Singh (38), the latter hitting five boundaries in an entertaining knock before being run-out.
Smith held the top order together, as five batsmen departed around him, but when he departed after a patient innings, it was left to Luca Bartlett (33 not out) to bludgeon the Bucks to a second batting point as the innings concluded on 128-9. Five of these wickets were lost to the spin of Mark Richards (5-26).
After the tea interval, Buxton put in a solid showing with the ball, recording 14 maidens in 40 overs, but only picking up six wickets.
Matthew Poole (1-20) and Mark Hill were typically efficient with the new ball, but it was Scott Mackenzie, with figures of 2-22 from nine overs, who was the stand-out performer.
Nick Smith and Amrit Singh claimed a wicket apiece, but Compstall’s captain Paul Needham hit a match-winning 67 not out to guide his side to a six-wicket win.
It now looks as though the Bucks will have to win at least four of their remaining five games to avoid playing Division Two cricket in 2012. They travel to reigning champions Hawk Green on Saturday.