Buxted Park headed in to what had the potential to be their most testing fixture of the season against early season table toppers, Glynde and Beddingham, with a strong belief in their ability with the bat after last week’s comfortable win over Keymer.
Winning the toss and batting first, Buxted got off to yet another poor start with Liam Olive, Coddington and Sammy Marchesi all failing to get out of single figures. Colaco (14) came and went as he played one too many attacking shots off Barron (3-59). At 95-5, Buxted were looking down the barrel, a position that has become all too familiar in recent years. But as also in recent years, a counter-attacking partnership arose.
Buxted knew they were in the game as long as Tom Clift (111*) was at the crease, and with Barnes (70) joining him, the pair put on 120 for the 6th wicket, with the duo dispatching the ball 360° around the ground. Tom Clift carried his bat for the second consecutive week as Buxted posted a very good total of 229-7 which would have seemed unlikely at one point.
Glynde’s batting is becoming known as a force in SCL Div 4 East however, meaning Buxted still had work to do at the halfway stage. As in previous weeks, the scintillating form of the seamers made all the difference, with 4 wickets being taken between them (L. Olive, Barnes, Colaco), leaving Glynde in utter disarray at 57-5, leaving the spinners to clean up shop.
Craig Olive with his increasingly common off spinners brought about two wickets as did Heater’s leg spin, with Left arm off spinner G. Clift claiming a wicket too to leave Glynde a fair distance behind, losing by 114 runs. Man of the Match must be Tom Clift for his increasingly common carrying of the bat, which left the healthy crowd in awe. Buxted Park head South East to Bexhill next week, as they look to build on their formidable form of late.
Elsewhere, the 2nd XI got up and running with a comfortable local derby victory over Crowborough, with Bryan Huxley picking up 4-16 off his 8 overs and club chairman Rob Hunter finishing 48 not out in the chase. The 3rd XI lost a tricky fixture against Burwash Weald with veteran Dave Browning picking up another 4 wicket haul, accompanied by useful runs by Rory Chalmers (45), Steve Lovell (39*) and Ollie Jones (35).
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)
Highlights : Buxted. Tom Clift 111 not out, Reddding Barnes 70: