Buxton Cricket Club’s third team secured the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Division Six title by taking just enough points in a thrilling game with Chesterfield Barbarians on Saturday.
In a match reduced to 36 overs a side because of rain, Buxton did not bowl tightly enough and thanks to an excellent knock of 85 from Haines, Barbarians were able to finish on 173-6.
The pick of the bowlers was Chris Moore who took 4-39, one coming from a brilliant juggling catch by Jamie Dye.
In reply Buxton started solidy with veteran Colin Alcock and Moore putting on 46 for the first wicket.
However at 67-4 the league title seemed to be slipping away.
But a 62-run partnership between Bob Marsden (42) and Jim McCahill gave hope of victory.
Wickets fell regularly in an exciting final 10 overs.
McCahill was run out for an excellent 40 and it was left to junior Tom Lisser to hit 16 vital runs to take Buxton into the last over needing nine runs for victory.
With one ball left, last man Craig Whitlaw needed to hit two runs for victory.
The ball was struck to long on, a run scrambled, the result a tie.
With other teams not winning Buxton gained just enough points to secure the league title.
A club spokesperson said: “Congratulations to everyone who has played through the season and to junior Dan Capell on being the division’s leading wicket taker with 35 victims.”
In Derbyshire and Cheshire Division One Rick Baron hit an unbeaten 99 for Broadbottom in a total of 191 all out against visiting Tintwistle.
Si Barrow then hit 44 not out but Christopher Cheetham-Roberts took 4-26 and R Blythe 3-7 as Tintwistle were all out for 149.
Old Glossop slumped to 93 all out batting first at Compstall, D Heginbotham taking 3-41 and S Bass 7-33.
David Bailey then smashed 71 not out to lead Compstall to 96-2.
Hawk Green were in fine form with the bat as they hosted Hadfield and hit an impressive 278-7, Sam Messih with 45, Josh Unsworth 53 and Jordan Henderson 115 not out while R Hirst took 3-59.
In reply Jonny Tranter hit 86 and Rick Tranter 32 but Mark Richards took 5-59 to reduce the visitors to 183 all out.
Hayfield had to beat New Mills to have a chance of staying in Division One, batting first they made 174-5 as Gareth Davies hit 54 and G Wood 48.
It wasn’t to be enough however as New Mills closed on 177-9 to secure a one wicket victory, Malc Strong hitting 64 as J Young took 5-61 and Gareth Davies 3-61, a result which condemned Hayfield to relegation.
In a crucial match at the bottom of the table Whaley Bridge entertained Woodley with the home side batting first and finishing 126 all out, Harry Holden unbeaten on 38 as P Coffey took 6-35 and A Pannett 3-36.
Woodley then collapsed to 87 all out as Eddie Ford took 6-31.
Buxworth travelled to Dove Holes in Division Two, knowing they had to win well to secure promotion - and batting first went on to make 209-8.
Chris Ripley with 55 and Mike Edwards with an unbeaten 49 top scored, as Sean Critchlow took 5-74.
Buxworth then secured promotion as they dismissed Dove Holes for 178, Dan Gilbride taking 3-11 and Dave Marchington 3-40 in a result that also confirmed Dove Holes as Division Two champions.
High Lane made the trip to Chapel and scored 197-8, Jonny Marshall continuing his fine form with 87 and Ryan Nixon 47.
Chapel then saw Joe Jackson hit 33 and B Harding 68 but 6-30 from Josh Noel ensured the home side were bowled out for 137.
Newton went to Charlesworth and were soon all out for just 81 as Gaz Evans took 6-27 and Dave Wood 3-21.
In reply C. Saycell (37) and Phil Elliott (30) were both unbeaten to see their side home on 84-3.
Hayfield secured the Division Three title as they hosted New Mills.
Batting first the visitors scored 177-6 as A. Stevens hit 37 and J. Cooper 68, while J. Adamson took 3-16.
Steve Farmer then hit 74 not out to see his side home on 179-7.
Hawk Green scored 194-6 batting first at Hadfield, Craig Young with 63 and Jason Downey 35 as Alex Ball took 3-28. Rick Ball then hit 65 and Ian Morten 65 not out as Hadfiled closed on 200-4. Broadbottom travelled to Newton and were bowled out for 159, A Watts making 49 as Andy Grant took 3-25. Rowbottom then took 5-28 as the home side were bowled out for 115.D