A MAGNIFICENT 55-ball century from Amrit Singh led Buxton 1st XI to a comprehensive 98-run victory over Hazel Grove on Saturday, the Bucks’ third straight win in all competitions.
Singh smashed eight fours and five sixes during his innings of 101 to propel Buxton to maximum batting points in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One fixture.
Grove were set a challenging target of 258, but five wickets from Mark Hill ensured they never threatened to chase it down.
Earlier, Luke Smith notched a classy 63 before being run out when a century beckoned. Bob Marsden contributed with 24, but it was the partnership between Tom Forder (30 not out) and Singh which moved the Bucks into a commanding position. Both struck the ball powerfully and added 116 runs in only nine overs.
Buxton then made early inroads into the home side’s batting line up. Mark Hill returned to form with three early wickets, the first two courtesy of a pair of fine catches from Smith at mid-wicket.
Hill’s new ball partner Matthew Poole picked up a solitary wicket thanks to a superb grab from Julian Burgess, while a direct hit run-out from Smith and a caught behind off Singh saw Grove six wickets down.
Hill returned to take two more wickets and finish with figures of 5-51, but frustratingly the Bucks could not bowl the home side out and therefore missed out on a full 20 points.
Nonetheless, it was another confident display from the visitors who are now reaping the rewards of having a settled side.