Cricket – Buxted Park narrowly lose thriller

Buxted Park headed into their 3rd game of the season against East Grinstead 2nd XI with some confidence off the back of 2 strong wins.

Losing the toss, Buxted were tasked with bowling first for the first time this season.

Opening bowlers Colaco (1/24) and Huxley (1/50) started well but the latter found any bad balls banished to the fence by the EG openers, 70/1 soon became 70/3 with leading wicket takers Barnes (2/40) and Huxley providing two quick breakthroughs for Park.

Buxted made light work of the EG middle order until Trotter (46*) came to the crease at 118/5 to help his side to a reasonable 206-8.

Buxted were unhappy at tea having been unable to capitalise on their visitors vulnerable position midway through their innings. Buxted’s response got off to the worst possible start losing the reliable Clift (4) early, followed by veteran Ferns (10) leaving Buxted 42-2 as in previous weeks, the middle order were unable to provide resistance except for Coddington (39) who stuck around with a well made innings.

Buxted were looking down the barrel when Heater (31) joined C. Olive (37) at the crease with the score 100-6, the pair built Buxted’s biggest partnership of the day (56) and when they both departed with the score 169-8 it was down to the tail to provide some magic, a lust blow from Huxley (13) showed the right intent and some excellent resiliance to both the good bowling and unnecessary sledging from Sam Hilton (13*) was not quite enough for Buxted who fell 2 runs short when Haynes (0) was caught acrobatically with the score on 204. Buxted stay second in the table with a trip to Keymer on the cards next week.

Elsewhere, Buxted 2nd XI lost to local rivals Mayfield by 44 runs and the 3rd XI continued their excellent start to the seaosn with a comprehensive victory over Laughton, with old timer Dave Browning providing yet another 5 wicket haul!

Result: East Grinstead CC – 2nd XI – Won Batting First by 2 runs
Buxted Park CC – 1st XI East Grinstead CC – 2nd XI
Score 204 all out (42.3 overs – 206-8 (45.0 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’

ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)