Club eyes up bright future after years in the shadows

Buxton Cricket Club are giving more youngsters the opportunity of regular cricket, after introducing the third team (inset).
Buxton Cricket Club are giving more youngsters the opportunity of regular cricket, after introducing the third team (inset).
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Buxton Cricket Club is looking to the future as they attempt to move out of a state of long-term decline.

The first team finished bottom of the PS Derbyshire & Cheshire Second Division in 2013 and that has led to a root-and-branch review being undertaken by the club.

Buxton CC 3rds XI for 2014.

Buxton CC 3rds XI for 2014.

This year the first XI has decided to pick a squad with the nucleus being made up of mostly younger players, whilst a new third team has also been created to cater for the increase in players.

David Hawley, who plays for the seconds and is a committee member, says that the club is striving to build itself up again.

He said: “Over the years the first team has fallen from grace, with regards to the standard that it was once playing at.

“There’s also been a migration of young players from the town who have gone to other teams, when they should be playing for us.

“We run teams from under-8s upwards. Numbers are good for these sections and it’s exciting for us as a club to see talent being nurtured through good, quality coaching.

“We’re trying to attract those people who are interested in playing cricket in Buxton, to come and play for us.

“We provide a happy and enjoyable environment for players and spectators within the club.”

The thirds, who will stage their first home game later this month, comprise of a mixture of youngsters and older players and David says this is key to the club’s long-term future.

Meanwhile, the club is appealing to potential sponsors.

David added: “Running a club is hard work and it costs a lot of money. Whether local companies, or individuals, want to sponsor the match ball or a team, I’d urge them to get in touch.

Interested sponsors can visit buxtoncc.org or call 07817 204524.