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Buxworth Beaten

posted 17 Jun 2011, 06:40 by Mike Madden
Wednesday 15th June v Buxworth (away)

Our boys were feeling confident for the short trip over the hill to Buxworth, as long as the rain held off. For the second week in a row we had a rainbow, but this time no one rainbow related died, unless there's some news about Richie Blackmore that I'm yet to catch up with. Whaley batted first and were immediately in trouble. Ed Austin was out once and Bruce Glover twice as we slipped to 199 after the first pair. Jack Kitchin was steady, but Matt Bingle was out to restrict us to 204, and Buxworth were suddenly full of hope. Ethan Williams prepared himself to bat all day, whilst Ole Madden took a more swashbuckling approach. Unfortunately Ole was caught off the last ball but we had progressed to 212. Gareth Preece and Jacob Holland at last provided a partnership that lost no wickets, taking us to 225, then Charlie Kitchen was the more aggressive batsman as he and Ben Stones ended the innings on 243. This would be nowhere near enough on most days, but the Buxworth management were confident that we had enough. The home side's first pair lost just one wicket, but they didn't take too many risks and finished on 202, with Bruce taking 1 for 4 and Ethan 0 for 1. Matt Bingle was a revelation, with only two scoring shots off his three overs, both of them being fours. Jack Kitchin also bowled well, with 2 overs for 1 run, but wickets were proving hard to come by, and after two pairs Buxworth had inched to 207. Jacob (0-7) was a little more expensive, but Charlie took a wicket as Buxworth moved to 216. Ed bowled two overs for 6 without success, then Ole took 2 wickets for 12 as the batsmen tried to accelerate. Both wickets were catches, by Charlie and Bruce, and this was indicative of a much improved fielding performance, helped by a sterling effort from Gareth behind the stumps. The score was on 227 as the last pair came to the middle, but Ben stones bowled a maiden and a wicket maiden to make the game safe. Charlie also finished with a wicket maiden to end with 2 for 5 off 3, and Whaley won by 27 runs as Buxworth dropped to 216. It was a handsome victory, but there will be sterner challenges to come over the next few weeks.