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Saturday 23rd June v Buxton (away)

posted 1 Jul 2012, 05:04 by Mike Madden
We didn't really expect to play at Buxton, but some magnificent covers and a drying wind meant that the match was only reduced by two overs per side, and after winning the toss the captain had no hesitation in asking the home side to bat. Henry Holden took a wicket in his first over after a catch by Rob Hill, then Colin Wild got in on the act when he knocked the stumps over. There was a major recovery until Ben Stones caught a catch off Gibbo, followed by another for Gibbo and one for Harry Bold, both clean bowled. Callum McIlveen produced 6 tight overs for 21, whilst Gibbo finished with 2 for 29 off 7. Harry Bold had 1 for 9 off 2, and Ben Stones 0 for 13 off 2. Henry Holden and Colin returned to the attack with devastating effect. Henry's next victim was out lbw, whilst Colin took 2 clean bowled. Henry got his 3rd wicket clean bowled, then rounded the innings off with the 10th wicket after another Rob Hill catch. Colin finished with 3 for 25 off 14, whilst Henry had 4 for 11 off 11. The total of 113 all out did not look particularly challenging, and when the first delivery sailed over the captain's head without bouncing the innings was under way. When the captain was caught for 30 the total was on 35, and we were feeling confident. Unfortunately, the familiar Whaley collapse started to appear. Callum and Henry were caught for 7 and 2 respectively, then Jake and Ben were both bowled for ducks. Harry was uncharacteristically bowled for 2, whilst Ben Bettney was bowled for a very characteristic 1. At 48 for 7 we were in a spot of bother, but Rob Hill and Gibbo started to turn things around. Unfortunately Buxton is a rather large ground, with boundaries few and far between. This led to Gibbo running rather more ones and twos than he is used to, and his "breath back" balls were becoming more frequent and less effective. He was eventually caught for 11, bringing Clayton to the crease. After a quick single the ageing number 10 danced down the track only to have his legs give way beneath him. On his way down he watched the ball pass by his head on its way to the stumps and he was bowled for 1. He left the ground to laughter and vowed to retire, but I fear its a bit too early for that. Rob was bowled for 19 leaving Colin not out on a lusty 6. We were all out for 86, a disappointing response that saw us slip into the bottom 4.
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