Weekend to forget in league and T20 cup for Buxton

All-rounder Harry Grffin, who tried hard to rally his Buxton side.
All-rounder Harry Grffin, who tried hard to rally his Buxton side.

Frustrated Buxton endured a weekend to forget when sliding to two defeats in the Derbyshire County League.

On Saturday, they fell by eight wickets to South Wingfield 2nd in Division Five North, and 24 hours later, they bowed out of the league’s Wright Twenty20 Cup when losing at home to Belper Amateurs in the quarter-finals.

The league reverse was down to a batting collapse in which Buxton plunged from 75-3 to 105 all out, with five of their last six batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.

Put into bat, they looked set for a competitive total while opener Matthew Poole and number four Harry Griffin were at the crease.

After the cheap loss of Bob Marsden for six and Will Hebditch for three, the pair seemed to be ticking over nicely, with Poole going on to make 42 and Griffin 33.

But then it all began to go downhill fast against Wingfield’s two change-bowlers, Andy Mitchell and Steve Woodward.

Poole was bowled by Mitchell, who went on to take 4-26 from 11.1 overs, and Griffin was caught off Woodward, who went on to bag 4-30 from nine overs.

Buxton’s middle and lower order put up little or no resistance as the wickets tumbled. Kian Wilson, skipper Tom Griffin, Tim Budd and Ian Webb all departed for ducks as the home side took complete control of the contest, leaving last man Dave Wilson on nought not out.

Such a paltry total was never going to enough, and Wingfield went on to prove it by racing to their target inside 27 overs.

Buxton’s opening bowlers, Harry Griffin (seven overs for 14 runs) and Freddie Smith (2-32 in seven overs), tried manfully in respectable spells, with the latter accounting for both openers, Woodward (12) and Sam Colclough.

But Wingfield weathered the storm and a fine, undefeated partnership between Alex Briggs, who made 50no, and Craig Robinson, who added 30no, saw them home. The result left Buxton seventh in the 12-team table, two places below the victors.

Sunday’s T20 setback was disappointing because Belper Amateurs play a division below Buxton in the league. Also, a total of 145 in their allotted 20 overs looked useful after a terrific opening stand between skipper Griffin, who fired 47, and Hebditch, who made 33.

Freddie Smith added 21no, but Belper were up for the challenge and not only chased the score down, they also did it with three overs to spare.

The home team scored runs all the way down the order, with opener Billy Deeming hitting a solid 32, captain Oliver Deeming 28 and Sam Minion an unbeaten 27 to steer themselves into the semi-finals of the competition.