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Sunday 8th May

posted 10 May 2011, 05:06 by Mike Madden
The league website says nothing of the first team's win at Buxworth that not only sees them face Dinting in the next round, it also temporarily removes the possibility of Eddie going off on one after Saturday's abject display. Anyway, if one appears, or if Dale or anyone else emails me their version of events, you will be the first to know.
2nd XI v Buxworth (home)
The expected rain stayed away as the teams took to the field at Whaley Bridge, with Buxworth looking like a pub six a side team, and Whaley looking like a band of pensioners out for a stroll with a few of their grandchildren. Whaley batted first and got off to a serene start. Was that a skylark darting about in the outfield? It was certainly in no danger of being frightened away by the thwack of leather on the willow of the Whaley bats. After 16 overs the score had reached 28 for no wicket, with Peter Crowley and Nick Latham offering stoic resistance to the Buxworth attack. Of the 28 runs, four were actually extras, and five overs later the Whaley openers had managed to keep the score at 28 without loss. Paint dried and grass grew, avidly watched by those bored of proceedings out in the middle, then the game suddenly sparked into life as an over later Whaley raced along to 29. Two more overs came and went, and the game took a twist that it was desperately in need of as Peter was caught and bowled for 9. Two overs later Rigger was bowled for 18, and the scoreboard finally sparked into life. Caddy suffered an injury, so Peter came out to run for him, and with the highly promising Callum McIlveen at the other end the score moved at an alarming rate. Inevitably, Peter played a part in Caddy's downfall as the president was run out for 15, then Callum was caught for 18 and the innings was wobbling. Scholesy, half centurion of the previous day, had no tale to tell on this occasion, being trapped plumb lbw for 0. Makeshift skipper Gibson was bowled for 6 and Nick Howe for 9, and Whaley were reeling at 93 for 7. The supremely named Scott MacDonald Webb went for a duck, then Shawy was out for 1, quickly followed by Fid for another duck. J.J. Goldfinch finished on 2 not out as Whaley accumulated just 96 all out, and they used up almost 39 overs in the process. It was never going to be an easy total to defend, but Fid struck early to give the home side hope. JJ took a wicket, quickly followed by one for Gibbo, but by this stage Buggy had reached 38 with a ton of overs remaining. A run out gave Whaley renewed hope, then JJ took a catch off Peter Crowley, and Fid took his second wicket to put Buggy in trouble at 63 for 6. Unfortunately the Buworth opener remained, batting almost as slowly as the Whaley pair, and he ensured that no further damage was done. Buxworth eased to a four wicket win, with almost 12 overs remaining, but on the positive side Whaley seconds will not have to worry about Sunday fixtures for the rest of the season.