Early collapse proves key to Buxton’s first defeat

Buxton captain Andrew Slater was left disappointed by his side’s display as they fell to their first defeat of the season against visitors Holmewood on Saturday.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 9:44 am

The result included the hosts, never truly recovering as Holmewood eventually ran out winners by five wickets.

And Slater cited the poor start as key to Buxton not being able to follow up their promising opening day win.

He said: “It’s a really disappointing result. We trained well and went in with a really positive mindset, but we got a little too excited and it really cost us.

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"We need to learn that we don’t need to score off every ball, although it’s limited overs and win/lose cricket.

"In fact, it’s expected for our lower order batsmen to build an innings, rather than attack from the off.

"I am 100 per cent confident we can bounce back from this and get back to winning ways this weekend.”

Buxton won the toss and opted to bat on a glorious April afternoon.

However, some poor batting and shot selection left them in disarray at 4-4 after only a handful of overs.

Veteran Martin Sollis battled hard, scoring 46, assisted by some stubborn middle order batting that saw Buxton claw themselves to 109 before their final wicket fell in the 44th over.

In reply, Buxton made a game of it in taking early wickets and piled the pressure on the Holmewood batsmen with some excellent fielding and tight bowling.

But it proved to be in vain as Holmewood chased their target down having only lost five wickets.

Also in action were Buxton’s fourth XI who played their first ever game at Matlock & Cromford Meadows thirds but were beaten by 31 runs.

Winning the toss and batting first, MCMCC made 203-6 from their 40 overs, Conor Green hitting 56 but Lucas Tattersall bowling well for Buxton in taking three wickets.

Despite losing an early wicket, Buxton’s reply began well, opener James Boffey in particular grabbing the bull by the horns as he hit 95, but aside from Dan Blackwell’s 25 others struggled around him and Buxton eventually were bowled out for 172, Steve Haslam and James Scully taking three wickets each for the home side.