Buxted Park win to go joint top of the league.
After a difficult midweek in which they lost their first Oakshott Cup fixture since 2014 and with a potential points deduction looming overhead, Buxted Park were looking to further advance their promotion claim with a win over a tricky Hailsham.
Winning the toss, stand in captain and Buxted veteran Ben Ferns elected to bat first on what looked like a good track, and with batsman in abundance Buxted would have felt like a good score was very achievable. However, in what has become frustratingly common over the season, Park found themselves 27-3 with the top 3 all going without reaching double figures. Sammy Marchesi (17) and Darren Colaco (41) steadied the ship with some good batting which saw Hailsham’s bad balls easily sent to the boundary. After they fell, Gareth Clift (87) and Redding Barnes (14) were at the crease with the score 105-5, their partnership reached 50 before Barnes fell to T.McDonald (3-45). Ryan Banham (49*) , showing Buxted’s batting depth, entered the fray at 8 with some work to do. 154-6 soon became 270-6 with G.Clift and Banham making light work of the bowling and running well between the wickets, Clift’s formidably unorthodox approach to the game yet again punishing sides in the Division. Buxted would have been delighted with 288-7 at the halfway stage, but knew a job still needed to be done with the ball to secure the 30 points.
Hailsham started positively, something Buxted are not used to seeing this season, with Scott Pearce (26) punishing any width given by the opening pair of Colaco and Barnes. Barnes did however manage to make the breakthrough and a mini collapse ensued, leaving Hailsham 43-4 off 7 overs. Buxted’s catching has gained reputation for being some of the best around and the form continued with 3 stunning slip catches from Harry Marchesi which wouldn’t have looked out of place at Lords on an overcast September day. Buxted Park continued to pick up wickets thanks to Barnes 5-49, despite a good counter-attacking innings from Hailsham skipper Andy Anthony (54) which saw the bowling attack going to all parts of the ground. Buxted wrapped up the victory with in the 23rd over, winning by 125 runs and, due to other results went top of the Sussex Cricket League Division 4 East. They will have to continue their good run of form for the rest of the season if promotion to Division 3 is to happen. Next week, the 1st XI are away to East Grinstead 2nds.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)
Result: Buxted Park CC – 1st XI – Won Batting First by 125 runs
|Buxted Park CC – 1st XI||Hailsham CC – 1st XI|
|Score||288-7 (45 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’||163 all out (24 overs)|