Bucks fall short

Buxton CC v Old Glossop, the visitors' Lennie Allsop
Buxton CC v Old Glossop, the visitors' Lennie Allsop
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Buxton 1st XI’s run of three straight victories ended on Saturday as they fell ten runs short against Old Glossop at The Park.

Luke Smith hit 76 not out, his fourth half-century in five league innings, and Steve Knighton 32, but disciplined bowling saw Buxton finish on 165-5, after Old Glossop had been bowled out for 175.

Buxton CC v Old Glossop, Amrit Singh

Buxton CC v Old Glossop, Amrit Singh

Buxton’s run chase had seemed well on course after Smith shared partnerships of 65 with Knighton and 52 with Julian Burgess.

Yet once Burgess retired hurt on 19, and both Singh and Frohwein fell victim to the visitors’ spin attack, the Bucks’ innings stalled.

Iain Betts struck a brief 15, but the middle order failed to make the telling contributions needed, as Smith, who batted through the innings, could not muster the required 16 runs off the final over.

Although a largely disappointing effort with the bat, Buxton will perhaps be disappointed they allowed Old Glossop to make 174, having reduced the visitors to 97-6 in the 27th over with Matthew Poole (3-65) and Mark Hill (1-19) doing the early damage. This was after Smith and Burgess engineered a run out for Old Glossop’s first wicket.

Nick Smith (3-40) and Amrit Singh (2-38) bowled well, but neither could prevent a seventh-wicket partnership of 68 between Allsopp (44) and Hall (26) which moved their side to a competitive score on a two paced wicket that was deteriorating in the afternoon gloom and drizzle.

Nick Smith eventually broke the partnership and Matthew Poole returned to help bowl the visitors out.

At tea, Buxton were still very confident of victory, but ended up losing wickets at crucial times, as off-spinner Hall returned impressive figures of 4-49 from 18 overs to see his side to victory.

l Buxton Cricket Club’s 2nd XI has been excluded from this season’s Hawke Trophy. The team had been due to face Birch Vale in the quarter-finals, but questions were raised over the eligibility of a Buxton player fielded in the previous round against Hayfield.

There had been no suggestion Buxton intentionally sought to break league rules - something fully accepted by the league - however the breach was punished by excluding the Bucks from this season’s Hawke Trophy and reinstating Hayfield in their place.

Tim Budd, Chairman of Buxton CC, said: “The league has determined that, while acting innocently, Buxton CC inadvertently broke the league rules and felt it had no option but to exclude the club from this year’s Hawke Trophy. Buxton CC accepts this decision.”

Buxton 1st XI’s Bissenden Cup quarter-final against New Mills is unaffected by the decision.

Revised Hawke Trophy draw: Birch Vale v Hayfield; Dinting v Tintwistle; Woodley v New Mills; High Lane v Hadfield. Ties to be played on July 3, 2pm.