Buxton secure their Division One status

Julian Burgess batting as Buxton ensured survival in the first division by beating Hayfield by ten runs
Julian Burgess batting as Buxton ensured survival in the first division by beating Hayfield by ten runs

A fourth consecutive victory at home to Hayfield on Saturday saw Buxton 1st XI stave off relegation in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League Division One, as they came out on top by ten runs in a closely fought encounter.

The Bucks were inserted first on a slow, low wicket but Luke Smith and Steve Knighton (21), who later went to hospital with a fractured toe, got off to a good start, putting on 41 inside ten overs.

Hayfield's David Platt bowling at Buxton

Hayfield's David Platt bowling at Buxton

The second wicket partnership of 83 between Smith (48) and Julian Burgess (81 not out) set-up the Buxton innings, and the momentum stayed with the home side even despite the loss of Smith two short of his half century.

Amrit Singh (13), Tom Forder (12) and Iain Betts (28) all made welcome contributions alongside the imperious Burgess as Buxton accelerated up to a competitive 229-5.

Gareth Davies (3-54) was the pick of the visitors’ attack.

With an asking rate of above five runs per over, the pressure was on Hayfield from the start of their innings, and this only increased when Mark Hill (3-57) had Shane Furness caught behind.

When Sam Hudson was bowled by Scott Mackenzie (2-31) for 21, the visitors became reliant on a big contribution from Davies.

He found support in George Wood (71 not out), and the pair put on 64 runs in only ten overs until Davies (87) miscued a shot into the hands of Matthew Poole after a fine knock.

Wood’s cameo continued and he struck some lusty blows to keep Hayfield in with a shout until the final overs, but some brave fielding and tight bowling, in particular from Singh (2-37), did just enough to see Buxton over the finish line in the evening gloom.

The season concludes on Saturday with Buxton travelling to basement club Chapel-en-le-Frith, who were relegated last week.