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Saturday 20th April 2013 2nd XI v Buxworth (away)

posted 23 Apr 2013, 13:39 by Mike Madden
The brave new world that is Whaley Bridge 2nd XI travelled to Buxworth without the ageing legs of Clayton and TR Wild, but with a youthful line up that included two 13 year olds and a total of five juniors. The Buggy side looked strong on paper, and even stronger on the postage stamp that their ground is affectionately known as. Winning the toss was unusual last year, not so this, and in the interests of a long game I should have put the opposition in, but the memory of over 400 scored on the same ground is still alarmingly bright, so I elected to bat. The trauma of Gibbo's leopard print boxers was put to one side, and after an immaculately observed minute's silence for David Beeley, I strode to the wicket with a new opening partner, under 16 star Harry Bold. We started shakily, with a few half chances at either end, but then we hit our stride, passing 50 without loss. When I was caught for 38 with the score on 63, the innings was very much in the balance, and when Elliott went for 5, also to a catch, we were up against it. Ben Stones showed some patience, but he was caught for 2, then Peter Crowley started his innings with an impressive leave. Harry, meanwhile, moved serenely past 50, whilst Peter tried to push the pace but was caught for 2. Ole Madden joined Harry, and the opener was finally caught for 59, which brought debutant Bruce Glover to the wicket. He was caught for 0, to give the Shetland With Asthma his chance. He didn't disappoint, as he and Ole swung the willow. Ole was caught for 2, then another debutant, Matt Bingle, was caught for 0, and Colin "Zeus" Wild made his way to the middle. Colin took his responsibility seriously, hitting three twos as well as a towering six, which did little for Gibbo's physical health. He became famous for the "breath back" ball last season, whereby any run, and particularly anything more than a single, would lead to total inactivity for the next delivery whilst he got his breath back. With Colin's flashing blade we feared that we were in for a full "breath back" over, or maybe even a "breath back" tea, but eventually he joined in himself and hit a six of his own. He ended unbeaten on 11 with Colin unbeaten on 14, as we settled for 147 for 8 off 45 overs, a respectable score, but unlikely to be enough at Buggy. Fid finally got changed and joined the party, tucking in to a magnificent tea that went down far better than the sandwiches on offer at Whaley, but I'm sure the prima donnas in the first team will get used to it. Anyway, it obviously had an effect as Colin took a wicket 3rd ball with a catch behind the stumps by all rounder Harry. Fid got in on the act with a clean bowled, the first of the ten wickets to fall that wasn't a catch. The Buggy batsmen got a bit over confident as Elliott threw down the stumps with a magnificent effort, and when Colin bowled the Buxworth captain and dangerman we were well in control. Colin rounded off his spell with another wicket clean bowled, finishing with 3 for 9 off 8 overs, whilst Fid finished with 1 for 17 off 9. Peter Crowley took up the mantle and took a wicket with a catch by a startled Gibbo at slip, but contrary to popular belief his feet did NOT leave the ground. Peter took another two wickets, both clean bowled, whilst Gibbo got his reward with a stumping by that man Harry again. Peter finished the innings off, fittingly with another catch for man of the match Harry, and with Buxworth all out for 67 we recorded an impressive 80 run victory. Peter finished with 4 for 10 off 7.2 overs, whilst Gibbo had 1 for 13 off 5. Ole Madden chipped in with 1 over for 10.