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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Buxton (away) 13th September 2014

posted 15 Sept 2014, 09:44 by Mike Madden
It was an unseasonally warm day as we rolled in to Buxton to close out the season, and having won the toss it was a tricky decision to ask Buxton to bat first.Reuben Cutts dismissed both openers, the first clean bowled and the second after a sharp return catch. The second dismissal got the captain out of a hole as he had dropped the same batsman at gulley in the previous over. The fielding was occasionally brilliant, thanks to Ethan Williams and Ole Madden, and frequently dire. There was even a suggestion that George Holden refused a catch at deep mid off.The bowling deteriorated rapidly once Colin and Reuben had finished their opening spells, with Ben Stones opening with five consecutive wides, and Ethan Williams not doing much better with a series of wides and no balls. When Ben did eventually get one on target it paid dividends as Charlie Kitchen took a well judged catch, whilst Ethan also struck gold when the batsman inexplicably left a straight one that hit the stumps. Harry Elms did not quite have the control of the previous week, but Charlie Kitchen was definitely a bright spot. He took a wicket clean bowled, whilst Reuben took his third wicket, clean bowled. The only other dismissal came from a run out manufactured by Ethan and Will McIlveen behind the stumps.Last week the umpires were satisfied that the 20 minute or so delay in bowling our overs was mainly down to having to dry the ball. This week we were only ten minutes over, which is quite remarkable when you consider we bowled 27 extra balls in the Buxton total of 205 for 7.

Despite the score we were confident of a result, if we could persuade umpire Pete Fletcher to leave the rest of his tea and join his mate Stuart Ogg out in the middle. As clouds gathered we began our innings, and the temperature dropped several degrees, as it is prone to do in Buxton. Harry Bold and Reuben started well, until Harry was bowled for 20, then Reuben was bowled for 23. George Holden was caught, but not where you are thinking. This time he chased a wide one to third slip/gulley for 16.Will McIlveen was given out lbw for 3, and then our two stars from the previous week, Harry Elms and Ethan Williams, both proved how fickle a game this can be as they were bowled and caught respectively, for ducks. Charlie Kitchen hit a few lusty blows until he was caught for 6, then Ole Madden crafted a good innings until he fell clean bowled for 20. We had reached our first batting point, and now the chase was on for the second. The captain called for a quick single and left Ben Stones run out for 16, so there was 1 required for the point and 1 wicket left. Colin saw out the rest of the over, then the captain pushed a single to secure that second point, but not before the aforementioned Mr Ogg completely ignored a leg side wide that he chuckled about afterwards.The innings closed on 134 for 9, with the captain unbeaten on 11 and Colin 4 not out. It was a comprehensive victory to Buxton, but we look forward to renewing that particular rivalry and gaining revenge in April.