Buxton 1st XI will hope their league season has turned a corner, following a thrilling victory at home to champions Hawk Green on Saturday which moved them out of the relegation places in Division One of the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League.
Hawk Green scored a competitive 213-7 from their 45 overs at The Park, with Nick Smith (4-79) and Scott Mackenzie (2-60) doing the damage with the ball after a fine opening ten-over spell from Matthew Poole.
The loss of two early wickets unsettled Buxton in their run chase, but a superb 112-run partnership between Ben Marsden (58) and Julian Burgess (83) set up a tense finale.
Both perished in the closing overs, but the Bucks’ middle and lower order all made useful contributions to see the home side to victory with just two balls remaining. Nick Smith hit 18 and captain Iain Betts a priceless 12 not out.
The Bucks followed up this win on Sunday by progressing into the quarter-finals of the Bissenden Cup with a comfortable victory over High Lane.
Batting first, High Lane could only muster 115-8 from their 40 overs.
Matthew Poole again bowled with great rhythm, conceding only 11 runs from his eight overs and taking three wickets. Scott Mackenzie claimed two wickets, while Amrit Singh, Mark Hill and Johnny Marsden took one each.
In reply, Buxton were always up with the run rate.
Despite losing early wickets for the second day running, contributions from Singh (34), Tom Forder (22), Betts (18 not out) and Johnny Marsden (30 not out) saw the Bucks home for the loss of four wickets, with more than 17 overs to spare.
Strengthened by the return of players from university, the Bucks will now be looking to put a strong run of results together in the coming weeks.