Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One
Buxton 1st XI 170 all out, New Mills 1st XI 190-9
Following three successive thrashings, Buxton made a much better fist of things on Saturday at home to New Mills with a narrow 20-run defeat.
Opting to bat first, New Mills looked to set a reasonable total, however home skipper Matthew Poole had other ideas and frequent bowling changes never allowed the batsmen to settle.
All six bowlers produced good spells and were all in the wickets, aided by a massive fielding improvement.
The return of Mike Curzon was crucial as he took three catches in the outfield, while Scott Mackenzie (3-43) and Nick Smith (1-29) were backed up my promising spells from Tom Griffin and Joel Frohwein to restrict New Mills to 190-9 from their 45 overs.
In reply for Buxton, Bob Marsden and Tom Griffin provided a good blend of youth and experience as they put on an opening partnership of 104, punctuated with some delightful shots from both batmen.
Griffin was the first to fall, brilliantly caught and bowled by Strong for 32, and Marsden (62) was the next to go.
The lack of depth was now exposed as wickets began to tumble, with Nick Smith keeping the scoreboard ticking over before being adjudged LBW for 17, and Buxton eventually collapsed to 170 all out, just 20 runs short.
Although another defeat, Buxton showed a lot of heart and with the emergence of Griffin, who is starting to look a quality all-round player, Frohwein who bowled a really good second spell and a number of junior players who are starting to produce the goods in the 2nd XI, the future looks assured for the club.