Olivia takes wicket in opening salvo of league tournament

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Buxton CC hosted the second annual Derbyshire & Cheshire League U9s tournament on Sunday and entered two teams, thus giving 18 junior players the opportunity to represent the club in their five matches.

Olivia Brennan took a wicket as she opened the bowling for Buxton against Old Glossop.

While continuing to bowl tightly, including an excellent maiden over by James Galloway-Booth, this was the only wicket to fall in the innings that totalled 137. With the bat, Buxton hit some impressive shots including a huge six by Chad Jackson. However, the wickets lost in conditions made challenging by the uncertain weather proved the difference as Buxton fell short at 102.

Playing against Compstall, Buxton took an early wicket through the bowling of Kane Jackson, with another falling to superb fielding by James Tighe who knocked over the stumps with a throw from the boundary as Compstall scored 117.

In the run chase, several players batted strongly, including top scorer Josh Gill with 13 and Noah McCahill hitting several powerful shots including a massive six as Buxton achieved 133.

Opening the batting in the match against Hawk Green, top scorer Daniel Taylor with Perry Middleton got the team off to a great start by hitting a six and afour as Buxton’s total reached 141.

A good effort with the ball by Buxton, with Adam King taking one of the six wickets, was backed up by a sharp fielding display that featured two amazing direct hits by Emma Parker as Hawk Green were held to 103.

An experienced Hollingworth side provided a tougher test as they put on 139, despite some good bowling by the young Buxton side starring a fine all-round performance by Luke Moss.

In reply, Laurie Brennan and Luca Cullen were Buxton’s joint top scorers, both with ten, in Buxton’s total of 124.

In the final game of the day Buxton got off to a flier with Adam Munden clean bowling the opening batsman with the first ball of the match. Fast bowler Frankie Heathcote also took a wicket with his first delivery as Hayfield were restricted to 86.

With the bat, Dominic Cusco came into the side for Buxton and batted with confidence and great potential, running rapidly between the wickets.

Joel Clayton was top scorer, clubbing the ball to the leg side for a succession of unstoppable boundaries as Buxton reached an impressive 151.