Losing draw for Buxton

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Buxton CC’s first team had to settle for a losing draw at high-flying Ilkeston Rutland in Derbyshire County League Division Five North.

Ilkeston, second in the table, won the toss and chose to bat, making 245-9 in their 46 overs.

Opener Andrew Flindall top-scored with 68, backed by 55 from Darren Cundy, 35 from Ian Banks and 33 by Matthew Sisson.

Fran Slater was Buxton’s best bowler with 4-44 from 10 overs.

The visitors’ reply struggled to get going with none of the early batsmen able to get their eye in.

Kept at bay by Harry Page’s 5-32 bowling figures it was only mid-order that they began to score as Matthew Poole made 51 and Tom Griffin 47 before the overs ran out.

Ilkeston ended the game with 19 points and Buxton 10 points.

Buxton’s seconds were always well short of the required run rate in their losing draw against title-chasing Cromford Meadows.

Buxton won the toss and asked Cromford to bat which proved an error as Meadows marched to 262-8 in their 46 overs.

Scott Cook’s 56 was the backbone of their innings with Cal Martin adding 37 and Craig Reader an unbeaten 31.

Callum Shooter then contributed 32 as No.10 batsman to further frustrate Buxton.

William Annison’s 3-48 was the pick of the Buxton bowling figures, Chris Simcox with 2-61.

With none of their top three batsmen managing double figures, Buxton were up against it, though Michael Kelly struck four boundaries in his crucial 33.

William Annison, with 14, was the only other batsman to make double figures as they dug in and finished on 125-9.

However, there was a victory for Buxton thirds as they convincingly saw off Matlock CC seconds by 111 runs in Derbyshire County League Division 10 North.

Matlock asked Buxton to bat and watched them score 227-3, Ravi Kumar 88 not out and Clive Gerrard almost matching him all the way with 82.

Matlock’s Simon Edwards did claim the wickets of both the openers with his 2-51, Oliver Hubbard the only other wicket taker with 1-10.

The home side then wrapped up the game in 33.1 overs as Matlock resistance crumbled.

The writing was on the wall when both openers John Heppenstall and Peter Hooper were back in the pavilion without scoring.

Rob James struck a defiant 45, but with only two other batsmen – Simon Hubbard (12) and Tim Hubbard (11) – reaching double figures, extras proved to be the next top scorer with 28.

George Bradbury (3-24) and Noah McCahill (3-19) shared six of the wickets to fall.

Frankie Heathcote took 2-24 and Garv Kumar 2-16 to finish them off on 116 all out.