A third win on the spin at Old Glossop on Saturday eased Buxton 1st XI’s relegation worries in the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League Division 1.
Only 27 points now separates the Bucks, who lie in tenth place, from third placed Old Glossop in one of the most competitive seasons to date.
On his return to the team, Buxton’s captain Iain Betts won the toss and chose to bowl first, but it was the home side that were on top in the early stages, reaching 167-2 from the first 27 overs. In truth, the Bucks were quite unlucky with several unconvincing strokes resulting in boundaries on the small and undulating Old Glossop outfield.
Scott Mackenzie (2-54) took the first two wickets.
As is often the case, though, one wicket can change a game, and it was Amrit Singh who picked up the key wickets of McGrail (50), caught by Tom Forder, and Allen (71), caught by Luke Smith.
Singh went on to claim three more wickets, all clean bowled, to finish with fine figures of 5-36 from ten overs.
Julian Burgess supported him superbly in his first bowl of the season, taking 2-39 as Old Glossop limped to a below-par 221-9.
Bob Marsden and Luke Smith opened up for the Bucks and put on a second successive half-century stand until Marsden (17) fell to off-spinner Eyre in an attempt to increase the scoring rate.
Rain then threatened to end proceedings, but the players were only off for 15 minutes.
The break seemed to help the Bucks, as Smith and Steve Knighton (25) came back out and batted in aggressive fashion against Old Glossop’s spin attack before both falling quickly; Knighton caught in the deep and Smith adjudged leg before wicket for a fluent top score of 51.
Julian Burgess (44) continued his fine form, as did Amrit Singh (24), but when both failed to bat out the remaining overs, it looked an uphill battle for Buxton.
In came Tim Frohwien, though, who bludgeoned four sixes on his way to 44 not out and alongside skipper Betts (10 not out) steered the ship home with overs to spare.
The Bucks look to continue their recent good form with their last home game of the season against Hayfield this coming Saturday.