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Saturday 1st June v Buxton (away)

posted 9 Jun 2013, 01:32 by Mike Madden
We had possibly our strongest bowling lineup of the season for the short trip to Buxton, though the batting was not great. On a cold, blustery day, with an understandably damp wicket, all that was needed was a favourable toss. The Buxton skipper said that the wicket was actually quite dry, and I'm guessing he was judging this by Buxton's standards, and on an understandably damp wicket it was disappointing to lose the toss and be asked to bat.

Things were going well until the captain pulled yet another calf, surely there are no more to pull, and had to retire hurt on 16. Sam Slack failed to live up to his promise from the previous week and got a duck, then Reuben Cutts looked in immaculate form until he was bowled for 8. Ben Williams again missed a straight full toss and was lbw for 5, whilst Alisdair Bailey threatened to smash every ball out of the park without much success as he was  caught for 6. Harry Bold, who had opened the innings, was batting serenely, but as the temperature rose he suffered from a migraine and had to retire, not only from the innings but also from the game. Ben Stones and Ole Madden used up some overs well, until Ben was bowled for 9 and Ole was lbw for 2, then Gibbo was bowled for 3 which led to the return of the captain with Ben Williams as runner. At the other end, our third first team reject Ed Kitchen smote his way to an unbeaten 13 (hope that's the correct word Elliot), whilst the captain added two more to finish unbeaten on 18, and the score trickled along to 118 for 7, innings closed.

Tea was a muted affair, with calls to Ethan Williams to act as sub fielder, and with the captain donning an ice pack, but we took to the field in good spirits. Bails was behind the stumps (I kid you not), and Colin Wild bowled steadily, though it was later revealed he was carrying a shoulder injury. At the other end, Ed Kitchen had no such restrictions, and he took two wickets in quick succession, both clean bowled. Colin then got in on the act with another clean bowled, and Buxton were 18 for 3. Colin finished his 8 overs with 1 for 12, replaced by Reuben Cutts who bowled a tremendous spell of 6 overs for 14 without taking the wicket that his efforts deserved. Meanwhile, Ed got two lbw decisions, sandwiching another clean bowled, and we were well on top, but with memories of High Lane still fresh in the mind we were taking nothing for granted. The captain gave Ed his 6th victim with a simple catch, then Ed completed his fine haul with another clean bowled and another lbw. He finished with 8 for 26 off 19 overs, and we probably won't see him in the seconds again. Gibbo finished the innings off with a clean bowled, completing a spell of 5.4 overs 1 for 11, and Buxton were all out for 68. Our 50 run victory was made possible by some superb bowling, but also by the excellent ground fielding, especially from sub fielder Ethan Williams who must surely come into the reckoning for a place in the team next week.