A red-letter day awaits the promising young players in the U-11s’ side at proud Buxton Cricket Club.
For they have qualified for the Kwik Cricket Cup finals day in the Notts and Derby Border Youth League after two excellent victories.
In their first match against Ashbourne B, both Luke Moss and Tom Wager took two wickets as Buxton restricted their opponents to a total of 78-9.
In reply, Buxton thumped a magnificent 184 without loss, with Noah McCahill and Adam Munden the top-scoring pair, making 28 runs.
The second match pitted the locals against Ashbourne A, but the outcome was the same. Leon Brewer conceded only two runs and pace bowler Frankie Heathcote took a late wicket as the opposition scored 135-4. When they responded, The Bucks always had the edge as Adam Twigg and Charlie Edwards top scored with 26 en route to a winning total of 157-3.
In the same U-11 tournament, Buxton also fielded their U-10s’ side as a B team, but they were handed a tough draw in the opening round against reigning champions, Darley Dale A.
Fielding first, they played well to restrict Darley to 150-2, with Eddie Pyne the pick of the bowlers, leaking only three runs. Sol Gibride and Klaudiusz Zerulik also bagged a wicket each and wicketkeeper Dominic Cusco was alert behind the stumps to keep the score down.
At the break, the target looked within The Bucks’ reach, but with boundaries hard to hit on the large outfield, and a couple of late wickets costing them dear, it proved just beyond the youngsters, who finished on 133-4. Only the opening partnership between George Walters and Dominic Cusco made double figures.
It wasn’t all bad news, though. In their consolation match against Darley Dale B, Buxton won the battle of the B sides, totalling 173-1 to their rivals’ 108-4.
Rui Oates took two wickets, while all-rounder Alfie Bunting picked up another as the team held on their catches impressively.
The top-scoring batsmen for The Bucks were Archie Walters and Klaudiusz Zeryulik, courtesy of a partnership worth 26 runs.