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Whaley Bridge 2nds v Buxton (home) Saturday 28th June 2014

posted 1 Jul 2014, 06:13 by Mike Madden
Euphoria never tends to last long at Whaley Bridge, and after the high of beating previously unbeaten Hollingworth the previous week, we should perhaps have expected the let down against Buxton. We won the toss and had no hesitation in asking our visitors to bat, but we soon started to regret it. Gibbo got the first breakthrough after a catch by the captain, and when the second fell shortly afterwards with a catch behind from Rigger we were back in the game. Colin tried in vain but had no success in his 12 overs for 33, whilst Gibbo had 12 overs 2 for 32. Harry Bold had 4 overs for 26, and by his own admission did not bowl very well, whilst Gareth Hill failed to reproduce his previous success in his 6 overs for 27. Ben Stones was a definite bright spot with the ball, getting 2 lbw decisions in his 7 overs for 21, whilst Bruce closed the innings with 4 overs for 24. The fielding had been poor throughout, notably Gibbo who often found the batsmen running two whenever he had to cover more than 3 yards. The low spot came when he threw the ball in, only for it to end up behind him, as Buxton added yet more to their total. 171 for 4 was not insurmountable, but it would take a solid effort.

The captain was first to go, bowled for 15, whilst Ben Stones was bowled for 10. Harry Bold suffered the same dismissal for 18, as did Bruce for 2. Bruce should definitely have had more than 2, but Ivan Heathcote decided that the bowler could catch up with the ball, turn and throw it 50 yards faster than he could cover the 22, even though Bruce was running to the danger end and he said "Yes". Ivan made amends by smiting the ball to all four corners of the ground, and the confusion that this brought enabled Nick Latham to notch up a rare five. Rigger was bowled for 5, then Oli Prior was run out for 2, and when Jack Kitchin was bowled for 3 hope had almost gone. Ivan was bowled for a creditable 48, leaving Gibbo in charge. There are bad calls and there are bad calls, and Gibbo's inability to cover 22 yards in less than what seemed like a minute saw him run out without crossing halfway. It was a bad call, but he could have said "No". Colin turned down an easy single to protect Gareth Hill, but next ball he was bowled for a duck. Gareth was not out 0 and we collapsed to 119 all out, a 52 run defeat that could see the selectors sharpening their axes.
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