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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Buxworth 2nd XI (home) Saturday 11th July 2015

posted 19 Jul 2015, 10:44 by Mike Madden   [ updated 19 Jul 2015, 12:53 ]
High flying Buxworth came to Whaley full of confidence, but we sensed a weakness with a couple of their senior players missing. Whaley won the toss and elected to bat, but we lost Harry Bold bowled for 16 with the score on 22. Alex Dickman anchored the innings, but he was caught for 7 with the score on 40. Marc Thompson was lbw for 11 which brought together the youth of George Holden and Harry Elms. George's first five scoring shots were all fours, and their 50 partnership came quickly. Harry hit the ball hard, and this brought about Georges downfall. He hit one a bit too hard and straight, the bowler got his hand to it, and it deflected on to the stumps leaving George stranded. Run out for a magnificent 62, he was soon joined in the shed by Harry who was caught for 44. Will Weston was caught for 1, and at 157 for 6 we needed to regain the impetus. The captain was joined by Jack Kitchin, and they made hay whilst the sun shone and the wind blew. They took the score to 195 for 6, a challenging total, even for the hard hitting Buxworth batsmen.

The Buxworth innings started erratically. Their opener swung and missed at the first four, and the fifth he crashed straight to the captain at gully for Colin Wild's first wicket. a brief revival was interrupted by Alex Dickman taking a catch off Ed Kitchen, but then the runs started to flow. George Holden claimed the third wicket thanks to a catch by Harry Bold, but that brought about a partnership of 99 between Buxworth's captain and ex captain. The tide was turning the way of the visitors, but Colin returned to bowl the opposition captain. With five overs left the score had reached 160, but crucially Ian Walker was still at the crease. Colin then claimed two more quick wickets, the first clean bowled with the score on 175, and just one run later when Elms caught Walker. The nerveless Will Weston returned to the attack, and he put the brakes on the Buxworth run chase with two wickets, one clean bowled and the other caught by Harry Elms. It was still tight heading into the last over, and then to the last ball, with Buxworth requiring three to win. Colin bowled it straight through to Alex Dickman behind the stumps, and there was really no fuss as Buxworth accepted their two run defeat. It was a fantastic effort from the Bridge, and they can look forward to the trip to table topping Tintwistle with a good deal of optimism.
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