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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Buxton 2nd XI (away) Saturday 4th July 2015

posted 19 Jul 2015, 02:55 by Mike Madden
Potentially our last ever trip to Buxton fell on Independence Day, and we opted to bowl on a pitch that had more stripes than stars. Will Weston got good lift, and he struck first as a simple catch popped up to the skipper at gully.The home side set about rebuilding, but Ben Stones replaced Will Weston and had immediate success with a wicket clean bowled. Colin Wild got his reward for a hostile spell as Nigel Morten took a catch behind the stumps. Mark Johnson made a welcome return to the side, and he took the wicket of the Buxton skipper with another catch behind. He claimed a second scalp with a catch by Ethan Williams, and at 86 for 5 Whaley were on top. A 50 partnership dampened the spirits of the visitors, but Colin returned to make the breakthrough after a well judged catch by Sam Johnson. He struck again with a wicket clean bowled, and Buxton finished on 152 for 7. It was a challenging total, but one that should have been well within our range.

Harry Bold and Ben Stones started confidently, but Harry was caught for 9 which sparked a collapse. Ethan Williams was trapped lbw for 0, then Ben Williams was bowled for another duck. Will Weston was caught for 2 and Sam Johnson was bowled for 0, but we had batting to come. Ben Stones was finally caught for a patient 21, quickly followed by Oli Prior who was stumped for 1. Mark Johnson was joined by the skipper at 50-7 and this was our last chance. Five runs later Mark was caught for 5, and although the captain bludgeoned several fours Nigel Morten could not keep him company as he was bowled for 2. The captain finally fell, caught behind for 37, leaving Colin unbeaten on 1 and the total on a ridiculously low 91 all out. We picked up a measly three points from the contest, and will need to do better in the coming weeks to avoid the wooden spoon.