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Guest Post From TR Wild

posted 15 May 2012, 12:13 by Mike Madden   [ updated 15 May 2012, 12:13 ]
A return to cricket is something to be cherished at any time - but to return to lead a side containing the diverse talents of three people called Ben , a head injured Scholes and Mr Clayton is a blessing indeed .

Having introduced myself to those I had not met before (they were all called Ben ) , we travelled to Buxworth . 

Captains first error - forgot it was a 1.30 start and had allowed N.E.Morten to arrive half an hour late (at 2.30 pm

Having won the toss and asked Buggy to bat I found I'd upset Ben Bettney who'd leaned over the wall and got himself selected to play left back for Buggy reserves on the understanding we batted first and he was down the order .

We started with ten men and Colin charging in so fast he had , momentarily , the hairstyle of an athletic Rab C Nesbit . 

Buggy didn't score fast but they scored faster than we took wickets and when N.E. arrived they were approaching 100 without loss and Pozzer was looking comfy despite the best efforts of Col Scholesy and Ben Williams - NE's first telling contribution was to fling himself down the slope in a valient first drop of Pozzer.

The introduction of the excellent Ben Stones would have been even more profitable if the captain could catch - Pozzer couldn't get him off the square and Ben was not flattered by his figures of 6 overs for 17 runs - 11 coming from his last over.

Col returned to finally break through thanks to a catch by replacement keeper Morten . Replaced keeper Harry Bold then took four wickets with a combination of flight guile and one ball that was clearly inspired by hours of study of the style of his now team mate Clayton .

At the close Buggy were 169 - 6 a position the Captain would have taken happily when they had been 100 - 0 with 20 overs to go .

After a splendid tea Elliott and Harry made a steady start and all batsmen made a contribution . However at 30 odd for four one or two of our number were nervous . Enter new man Ben Williams under the guidance of NE Morten - with 39 and 68 respectively they set the stage perfectly for veterans Clayton and the Captain to guide us to a second successive victory .

(I could have told you that Clayton danced down the track and smashed the ball over the bowlers head to make the game safe - but if you live in the northern hemisphere he'll already have told you )

I suspect I may not be needed for a few weeks now - but I'll be watching .

Good luck boys and thanks for a great day.

TRW
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