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Saturday 23rd April 2011

posted 24 Apr 2011, 04:22 by Mike Madden
1st XI v Buxworth (home)
Well I'm sure the firsts won - but this is the report on the league website:-

Whaley Bridge relegated last season got off to a disastrous start losing at home to Buxworth. The visitors batted first and scored a creditable 262-8. Youngsters Sam Hall 54 and Tom Littler 41 doing the damage with the bat, whilst Dale Jones was the best of the Whaley bowlers with 3-41.Whaley battled hard and in spite of 68 from Zeb Ryan, they were always behind the run rate, and Sam Hall finished an excellent days work, finishing with 4-55 in a total of 205-7. 

Sam Hall got a second ball duck for the seconds so he did well to star in this match - think Dale needs to contact the league!

2nd XI v Buxworth (away)
On a warm day at a small ground, the toss was always going to be important. Unfortunately, the £2 coin, showing just how affluent Buxworth have come to be, fell heads as Captain Madden called tails. Not surprisingly Buxworth chose to bat, but 10 man Whaley, who were still awaiting the arrival of footballing Jake Drayson, struck as early as ball 2 when skipper Sam Hall was bowled by Colin Wild for 0. From there things went dramatically downhill, with Sam Slack being taken off after 2 overs of pounding, and Peter Crowley threatening to do the same. Colin plugged away and was rewarded with a second victim, also clean bowled, but the home side were scoring at 10 an over and threatening to surpass last season's mammoth 400+ total. Peter found his rhythm, and the ageless Gibson brought control as Whaley fought back. Henry Holden took a fantastic diving catch off Gibbo, then a beautifully judged second at long off from Crowls. Gibbo took a return catch and Whaley were almost on top. Callum McIlveen came into the attack, allowing Russ "reports of my retirement in favour of umpiring are definitely exaggerated" Wild to get back behind the stumps. Crowls disturbed the bails of another victim, then Callum struck twice, both taken without too much fuss by the rejuvenated TR. Henry Holden got in on the act with a wicket, then Colin returned to polish off the innings on 261 all out, with 4 overs and 5 balls to spare. It should have been much less than this, but some very poor fielding from Slacky, supported to a large extent by Crowls. Gibbo was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 68 off 12, whilst Crowls recovered from a poor start to finish with 2 for 56 off 10. Colin took 3 for 60 off 9.1 and is this season's leading wicket taker. The youngsters fared well, with Henry taking 1 for 6 off 2 and Callum 2 for 43 off 6, but Sam Slack has plenty of room for improvement with 0 for 22 off just 2.
262 was a challenging target, but Whaley were undaunted in good batting conditions, with just the occasional delivery keeping low. 15 minutes into the innings the writing was on the wall, with Crowls and TR both back in the hut having failed to trouble the scorers. Jake Drayson soon followed, then Henry added to the long list of ducks, although the scorebook actually credited him with 1. Madden was next to go, controversially given out caught when it was obviously a bump ball, and although he was 5th out for 33, no other batsmen at this stage had registered a run. Harry Bold had given a magnificent display in the field, and he battled away with the bat, but he ended up as another duck, though again the scorebook gave him a single. VC Thompson turned things around with a few lusty blows, and Callum gave him good support until he went for 7. Gibbo became the 6th duck of the innings which gave Slacky the chance to make up for his abject bowling and fielding. He did this to good effect, and when Tommo went for 22 it seemed we may reach a second batting point. Colin had not faced a ball when Slacky lofted one into the outfield, and the catch was taken to leave Sam on 25 and the total on 99 all out. The Buxworth victory was by 162 runs, an improvement on last season but a long way from being good enough.

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