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Division 3 North joint leaders Buxton Cricket Club 1st team hosted Ashover Barbarians 1st team at the Park last weekend and sealed the victory in an action-packed game with two overs to spare, seeing both teams score over 250 runs.

Ashover won the toss and opted to bat on another true and consistent surface. A dominant start from their captain R Cooke left the away team on 130-0 at drinks and Buxton in need of a breakthrough.

A good spell of consistent bowling from Fran Slater (4-41) and Nick Allen saw the fall of Ashover’s middle order and their captain, who eventually departed on 125. Another fine exhibit of pace bowling from Harry Griffin (4-46) saw the Ashover innings close in the final over with a daunting total of 271.

Buxton’s batting innings started solidly and in line with the run rate required. A fine knock from Martin Sollis (69) and quick fire runs from captain Andrew Slater and Harry Griffin (46) left Buxton on 137-2 at drinks, with the game very much still in the balance.

A few lost wickets brought Matt Whitehouse to the crease (81 not out), who showed an excellent display of power hitting as the home team reached their target with ease, finishing on 275-5 with 6 overs left to spare.

In other games, Buxton 2nd XI lost by 5 wickets to Riddings 2nd XI (Dave Belfield 46, Joe Bagshaw 43, Phil Slater 3 for 32). Buxton 3rd XI won by 8 wickets against Clowne Town 4th XI (Alastair Bearman 55, Tony Woodall 54 not out, Joel Sanchez 3 for 28, Sam Longden 3 for 32.

An incredible achievement on Sunday when Buxton 4th XI travelled to Matlock and Cromford Meadows to face their 3rd XI. Ben Crispin with 112 not out and Mark Wood 105 not out put together an unbeaten first wicket partnership of 253 in their 40 overs. Unfortunately the rains came and the match was abandoned.

Ben Crispin (112) and Mark Wood (105) make 253 for no wicket for the 4ths

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