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Saturday 29th June v Buxworth (home)

posted 7 Jul 2013, 13:58 by Mike Madden
Stand in skipper Gibbo won the toss and asked Buxworth to bat in this local Derby, but thats about as good as it got! The Buggy openers amassed a century stand as Colin (11 overs 1 for 42), Fid (10 over 0 for 43) and Peter (9 overs 1 for 39) all struggled on a firm pitch giving no help to the bowlers. Bruce Glover proved to be the saviour, with two caught and bowleds, one of which was a remarkable piece of dexterity mixed with a very cool head belying his 13 years of age. Peter and Colin took their wickets clean bowled, but Gibbo (3 overs 0 for 15), Charlie Kitchen (3 overs 0 for 19) and Harry Bold (2 overs 0 for 15) all toiled without success. Bruce's figures of 7 overs 2 for 20 stood out, but even that could not stop the visitors reaching 204 for 4.

After a splendid tea, supplied by the Stones family, Harry and Peter opened the innings. Harry was bowled (no pun intended) for 3, then Charlie Kitchen showed what a good prospect he is with some strong hitting. He was out lbw for 15, and shortly afterwards Peter was caught for 17. Our evergreen (no pun intended) groundsman Nick Latham plotted his way around the Buxworth bowlers, whilst Bruce was caught for 6 and Gibbo was lbw for 1. Colin had a thrash before being caught for 10, then Ivan saw us through to the close, finishing unbeaten on 6. The groundsman ended on a magnificent unbeaten 44, a lesson to all of those who retire too early from the game. Ultimately, we could only muster 119 for 6, handing Buxworth their first win of the campaign. One of the topsy turvy rules of the league means that we get to play a decider against Buggy on the last day of the season.
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