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2nd XI v Buxworth (away) Saturday 17th September

posted 29 Sept 2011, 04:31 by Mike Madden
With the prospect of a rained off and a disastrously early start to the end of season celebrations looming, we were quite relieved to discover that Buggy was surprisingly dry. We lost the toss and were asked to bat in a 42 overs per side game, whereupon Peter Crowley and Henry Holden built a magnificent partnership. Peter was caught for 31 with the score on 61, and Henry soon followed for 17. The umpire, Pete "Dart" Fletcher, took the opportunity to empty his bladder, then the Hills both went for ducks. Sam Slack managed just 2, and we had lost 5 wickets for 6 runs. Harry Bold and Nige Morten offered defiance, but when Nige went for 10, closely followed by Harry for 14, we were 90 for 7 and running out of overs. Umpire Fid missed an over  as he kept an eye on the football, so we had the unusual sight of square leg standing at extra cover, but this was of little concern to MMM and TR, and indeed the umpire who was too busy behind the sightscreen, adding to the moisture. MMM was caught for 8, then Gibbo smashed Sam Hall for 16 in 3 balls. TR was caught for 3, then Gibbo perished for16, leaving Fid not out on 4 and Whaley all out for 121 with 3 overs to spare. It still looked like being an early finish! Fid opened up disdastrously, and we had lost a ball by the end of the first over. We had also lost both umpires, the home one as they hadn't bothered to send one out, and the real one who was answering the call of nature. Gibbo kept things tight at the other end, culminating in a magnificent stumping by Harry Bold. Harry also took a catch off Fid, just after Fid himself had taken a return catch, and Buggy were 25 for 3. Rain delays meant we were in to a reduced 2nd innings as the umpire disappeared to relieve himself, and Whaley now had to field for just 41 overs. Gibbo got a fortuitous lbw decision, followed by a caught and bowled, and all of a sudden Buggy were 35 for 5. Henry bowled well without success, whilst Sam bowled poorly without success, so Peter Crowley was brought into the attack. This proved crucial as he broke a dangerous partnership, with Sam taking the catch. TR then bowled a couple of tidy overs for just 6, whilst Rob Hill managed one over for 4, but it was time to get serious. It was all too much for the umpire who decided that he should head for the gents. Fid returned as Peter took his second wicket clean bowled, then Sam took a catch off Fid and he claimed his fourth victim clean bowled. The last pair were at the crease, with just an over spare, but we could not shift them and both teams settled for a surprisingly low scoring draw, with Buxworth managing 105 for 9 in 41 overs. The umpire congratulated both sides from the comfort of the toilets.