Buxted Park beat Crowhurst Park on Opening Day of 2019 Season writes Dominic Heater.
As the old sporting clichè goes, ‘start as you mean to go on’, and if that is the case Buxted Park will be hoping that their opening day success bodes well for a strong season as they target promotion from SCL Division 4 East.
On a day of showers of rain, there was also showers of greatness from the young Buxted side, winning the toss, captain Craig Olive opted to bat first on what looked like another well made pitch by Head Groundsman Mark Sheffield. Tom Clift (31) and Ben Ferns (35) set about cautiously building the foundations of a strong innings for the Buxted lower order to accelerate from, putting away the bad balls and cashing in on the leg side wide rule.
After Clift departed, a far too recognisable collapse ensued as Buxted went from 71-0 to 97-4 with T. Clift, Coddington (0), Hunter (0) and Colaco (18) all losing their wickets. Ferns and Barnes (9) went next, leaving Buxted 127-6 and staring down the barrel at yet another below par score. But cometh the hour, cometh the man as unorthodox left hander Gareth Clift (50*) tucked in to Crowhurst Park’s bowlers like a free bar hitting 3 straight sixes. Buxted ended on 216-7 off of their allocated 45 overs.
Buxted then began well in the field with the ever-present Craig Olive (1-7) removing Tong (4) before falling injured in the same over with painful side strain which saw him needing to leave the game. This didnt stop Buxted’s momentum however, as Colaco (2-25), Huxley (2-22) and Heater (1-41) all contributed to the fall of their opponents top order who found themselves 54-6.
Redding Barnes (4-13) bowled an excellent spell to clear away the tail, clean bowling 3 of his victims. Elsewhere, Buxted 2nd XI lost in a close affair with Dicker and the 3rd XI went two from two with a win against Barcombe.
Result: Buxted Park CC – 1st XI – Won Batting First by 75 runs
Buxted Park CC – 1st XI Cowhurst Park CC – 1st XI
Score 216-7 (45 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’ 141 all out (38.2 overs)
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)