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Champions Buxton lose to Nutbrook in first game.

Buxton Cricket Club First XI, last season’s Division 4 North champions, lost the toss and batted first in tough conditions on a very sticky wicket at Nutbrook in their first game of the season in Division 3. Ram Goli opened the batting on his club debut scoring a hard earned 48 runs, Sydney Xolani, also a debutant opened with Ram, but went early for 6 runs. Following a few early wickets, Matt Whitehouse steadied the ship before falling for 28. Captain Andrew Slater came in at number six to change the momentum back in Buxton’s way, scoring quickly before falling for 38. Unfortunately, not much left after that as the rest of the wickets fell quickly and Buxton were bowled out for 165 after 40.4 overs. Nutbrook in reply started strong before a couple of wickets in quick succession for Frankie Heathcote. Despite this, Nutbrook kept ticking over. With some tight bowling from Fran Slater, the pressure started to build. Andrew Slater then taking 2 quick wickets really piled on the pressure, but Nutbrook where able to guide themselves to their target having only lost 4 wickets, with 3 overs left in the game. Frankie Heathcote finished with 10 overs. 2 for 37. Andrew Slater 10 overs. 2 for 33 and an outstanding fielding display by debutant Ram.

Buxton 2nd XI were at home to Denby Cricket Club 4th team. Buxton winning by 57 runs. The scores were Buxton 157 for 6 off 40 overs (Kian Wilson 30 not out). Denby 100 all out after 39.3 overs (Phil Slater 5 for 20).

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