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Saturday 28th July v Buxworth (home)

posted 29 Jul 2012, 09:06 by Mike Madden
After a week of warm sunshine and drying winds, and a huge amount of work from Rigger, we finally managed to get some play at Horwich Park. The swamp had all but drained, and the wicket was firm, but it still had signs that suggested there may be something in it for the bowlers. It was a toss that you don't mind losing, however, when it came down in our favour I opted to bat and hoped for the best. The captain and Callum opened, and it was a slow start. After 10 overs the score was 21 without loss, and although there had been few chances there was also a lack of fireworks from the bat. As the innings plodded towards halfway the captain suddenly opened up, and reached his 50 with a six over long off. Callum was content to hand over the strike, and the 100 partnership came up in the 26th over. The captain continued to take advantage of some looser bowling, and reached his second ton of the season with plenty of overs remaining. Callum had batted magnificently, and thoroughly deserved his 50. The captain was caught for 116, after an opening stand of 183, then Callum was caught for 69. Milly batted like a whirling dervish, eventually giving up a return catch for 36. As the overs ticked down Henry was trapped lbw for 0, then Harry was caught for 3 off the last ball of the innings, leaving Rob Hill unbeaten on 5 and the total on 239 for 5. It was a defendable total, but the outfield was fast and Buxworth had one or two dangermen, notably opening batsman Ian Walker. Colin and Henry opened the bowling, and Pozzer showed his intention from the start with a couple of well timed fours. Henry got one to move away and an edge was magnificently caught one handed by Milly at first slip. Colin took two wickets clean bowled, but dark clouds were gathering overhead. Gibbo struggled to throw the ball back to the captain, rattling his shins on a number of occasions, whilst Milly told Henry about the mythical square on the wicket that he should be aiming for. It wasn't quite clear where the square was, but Henry must have hit a pentagon as he took another wicket, clean bowled, to finish with 2 for 22 off 7. Gibbo found a hexagon to claim his first victim clean bowled, then Colin finished his spell of 2 for 25 off 10. Gavin Hill made a welcome appearance, and took his first wicket clean bowled as one seamed off the heptagon, then he found the octagon as the captain took a sharp catch at gully. Gav finished with 4 overs, 2 for 4, whilst Gibbo bowled a straight one off the nonagon to get an lbw decision. Gibbo finished with 7 overs, 2 for 21, whilst Peter Crowley bowled just 3 balls for 6 runs when it started to rain. It rained rather a lot, and after 15 minutes it was obvious that we were not going back on so we reluctantly accepted a very one sided draw, with Buxworth in a lot of trouble at 84 for 8.