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Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Fran Slater bowled superbly, with figures of 8-14.

Buxton 1st XI maintained their lead at the top of Division 3 North of the Derbyshire Cricket League with a low scoring win against Ashover Barbarians 1st XI by 9 runs on Saturday.

Having previously beaten Ashover comfortably when they last played earlier in the season at The Park. This time at Ashover it was a very different game. The conditions were dry and windy which you would have thought meant a high scoring game, but the pitch conditions were very soft with a slow and long outfield and a green wicket favouring the bowlers. Buxton won the toss and decided to bat, which was not a good idea on this wicket. Other than a quick 21 runs from Andrew Slater, Buxton were all out for 73 off 26.2 overs.

Fearing the worse and under pressure, the team believed that on this wicket anything could happen.

Ashover started well with 19 off the first 2 overs, but then spinner Fran Slater came on to bowl. Wicket first ball and it was game on. Buxton surrounded the bat with slips, gulley, leg gulley, silly mid-on and silly mid-off with helmets on and a very loud buoyant buzz. And rightly so. Two spinners dried the runs up with Fran Slater and Nick Allen at both ends. Every ball felt like a wicket was about to fall. And so it proved as Ashover were bowled out for 64 off 19.3 overs, 9 runs short. A fantastic team effort with epic bowling from Fran Slater who finished with 8 for 14 off 7.3 overs, some smart short catching from Martin Sollis to claim the last wicket and an exceptional display of wicket keeping from Matt Whitehouse.

With 5 games to go Buxton look favourites to get promoted, but they must win all their games.

Buxton 2nd XI moved up to 2nd place in Division 7 North of the Derbyshire League with a 56 run win against Riddings CC 2nd XI. Buxton were put in to bat and made 163 for 6 off their 40 overs (Luca Bartlett 37, Joel Dowland 35 and Tom Blakeman 33). In reply Riddings were 107 all out off 33 overs (Tom Blakeman 3 for 16 and Phil Slater 3 for 24).

Buxton 3rd XI moved up to 3rd place in Division 9 North of the Derbyshire League with a comfortable 69 run win against Clowne Town 4th XI. Buxton were put in to bat and made 192 for 5 off 35 overs (Tom Denham 75, Richard Bunting 38 not out and Richard Lewis 34). In reply Clowne Town were all out for 123 off 44 overs (Ryder Bunting 4 for 26 and Sam Longden 3 for 16).

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