Tears of Clowne as Buxton stride to impressive win

Buxton wicketkeeper Joseph Smith appeals for a stumping against Clowne opener Owen Lester.
Buxton wicketkeeper Joseph Smith appeals for a stumping against Clowne opener Owen Lester.

Impressive Buxton reduced Clowne Town to tears as they strode to a superb four-wicket victory in Division Six North of the Derbyshire County League.

On an excellent batting track, with a fast outfield, more than 430 runs were scored at The Park, although Buxton’s decision to bowl first appeared to be paying dividends early on when they bagged cheap wickets.

Clowne recovered well in the hands of number four bat Thomas Lodge, who fired 93, including three sixes and ten fours, and opener Owen Lester, who held things together with 73, which featured six boundaries. Remarkably, the pair scored almost all of their side’s runs, with only the extras column (24) also reaching double figures in a final total of 216 all out.

Buxton’s best bowlers were Harry Griffin, who finally trapped Lodge lbw in a 14-over spell that yielded figures of 4-45, and Fran Slater, who dismissed Lester and finished with 4-52 from 8.5 overs. There were also two stumpings, two catches and a run-out for wicketkeeper Joseph Smith to make up for the 18 byes he leaked.

In reply, the home side were given a blistering start by openers Andrew Slater (56, ten fours) and Dave Belfield (41, nine fours) and were soon on their way to their target.

Clowne’s second-change bowler, all-rounder Lodge (3-41 in nine overs), threatened to disrupt Buxton’s rhythm before an equally important innings was played by skipper Tom Griffin, who saw his team home by the 43rd over with an undefeated knock of 43 that contained five fours.

He was well supported by Martin Sollis, who made 27 (five fours), and then, after two quick wickets for Ross Clayton (2-21 in seven overs), by Fran Slater, who hit 31no (five fours), with whom Griffin shared a match-clinching, unbroken stand.

Buxtoin 2nd were without a game in Division Seven North of the league, but Buxton 3rd crashed by ten wickets to Clowne Town 4th in Division Ten North after they were skittled for 100.