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Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Ram Goli on his way to 92 runs against Holmesfield

Buxton 1st XI maintained their lead at the top of Division 3 North of the Derbyshire Cricket League, but only just. Winning the toss, Buxton batted first scoring 263 for 8 wickets off their 45 overs. Ram Goli hitting form again to help drive the innings with a splendid 92 supported by Matt Whitehouse to steady the ship with 52 runs. Andrew Slater topped up the score with a quick 76 not out with the rest of the team getting out cheaply, apart from Frankie Heathcote who stayed in to support and batted well.

Replying to Buxton’s healthy total, Holmesfield 1st XI got off to a solid start with the 1st partnership scoring 61 between them before spinner Nick Allen took two vital wickets one being the Holmesfield professional with Nick’s 4th ball. Fran Slater continued his good form with the ball without taking a wicket, but then the rain came and disrupted the rhythm and Buxton’s dominance. Captain Andrew Slater took 3 wickets between the showers, but a lengthy spell of rain put paid to a positive result for Buxton. The last few overs were farcical with 4 overs bowled in the last 10 minutes just to get some more bowling points and to at least try to get through the overs. In the end a well spirited match ended in a draw, but Buxton stay top by 11 points.

Buxton 2nd XI maintained their 2nd place in Division 7 North of the Derbyshire League with an emphatic win by 164 runs over Ambergate 2nd XI. Batting first Buxton scored 206 for 3 wickets off 36 overs (Dave Belfield an amazing 140 not out, including 19 fours and two sixes. Tom Griffin with good support with 32 runs). Ambergate were all out for 42 off 23.5 overs (Phil Slater with 7 overs, 5 maidens, 6 wickets for 3 runs for joint man of the match).

Buxton 3rd XI moved up to 1st place in Division 9 North of the Derbyshire League with a 5 wicket win against 2nd placed Swanwick Hall 2nd XI. Swanwick were put in to bat and scored 143 for 9 off their 40 overs (Joel Sanchez 3 wickets for 14 runs). In reply Buxton scored the runs required in 37.3 overs with the loss of 5 wickets (Tom Denham 65 not out).

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