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Three wins in a row for Buxton

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Buxton CC made it three wins in a row after leaving it late once again to defeat Nutbrook in Division Six North of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.

Buxton won the toss and elected to bat, and opening batsmen Andrew Slater dominated the early proceedings with some elegant attacking shots before being caught behind off the bowling of Brooks (2-49) for 20.

This brought Harry Griffin to the crease, fresh off an unbeaten hundred from the week before.

He picked up straight from where he left off, putting on a 92-run partnership with opener Joel Frohwein. Frohwein was caught at cover for a boundary-laden 37, but Griffin carried on all the way to 130 in a scintillating display of immaculate timing mixed with brutal power hitting.

He was ably supported by captain Tom Griffin in a partnership of 136 who, after initially struggling, went on to score 68 not out before Buxton declared on 270-3.

Rain threatened to force an early end to the game, but eventually the Nutbrook innings began with some excellent counter attacking play from openers Taylor (30) and Witham (35).

Andrew Slater (1-47) finally managed to force a breakthrough in the 10th over, dismissing captain Witham with the aid of a smart catch from Fred Smith.

T. Griffin (3-38) then picked up the wickets of Taylor and Eaton (14) in a disciplined bowling partnership with fellow spinner Fran Slater (0-13).

A brief period of resistance followed, until Phil Slater entered the fray to expertly dismantle the Nutbrook middle order.

He began by bowling the dangerous Brooks for 22, and took the wicket of Haywood (8) after Poole plucked the ball out of the air one-handed at short leg.

Slater also saw the back of Wilson (8) to leave the opponents 114-6.

Buxton were on top yet running out of time.

Opening bowler H. Griffin (2-56) returned with a fiery spell and the wickets of Woods (13) and Kerry (11) to keep the game alive, but J. Newnham (17*) and Cox (28) fought back with some aggressive batting.

A tense finale ensued, with Buxton still needing two wickets for victory at the start of the penultimate over.

T. Griffin managed to snare Cox LBW after the number nine bat went for one big shot too many to leave the game delicately poised entering the final over of the match.

Phil Slater returned and with his fourth ball, bowled M. Newnham to finish with extraordinary figures of 4-9 and seal another impressive win the Bucks, who now reside in second place in the league table.

Buxton Cricket Club’s U12s continued their impressive start to the season with another convincing victory over Ambergate.

The next league match for Buxton is a top of the table clash against Belper Meadows.