A poor start proves costly

Cheadle CC 1st XI 194-9

Buxton CC 1st XI 149-9

BUXTON got their season underway with a friendly against a strong, young Cheadle side on Saturday.

The Bucks bowled first, with Iain Betts winning the toss and inserting the home side. The usual opening attack of Matthew Poole and Mark Hill were typically tight, but it wasn’t until the 13th over that they made a breakthrough, when Poole trapped Wall leg before wicket with a slower ball.

Buxton began to control the innings when Betts made bowling changes, bringing on Scott Mackenzie and Nick Smith, and although Roberts (21), Brown (34) and Christys (28) made useful contributions, Smith ripped through the middle order, claiming 5-38 from 11 overs.

At 133-6 Buxton should have perhaps closed the innings out, but with the economical Mackenzie and Smith out of the attack, some lusty late-order hitting from Hyde (25) saw Cheadle accelerate to 194-9 from their 40 overs.

Matthew Poole (2-29) returned to take another scalp, while Tom Griffin took a debut wicket for the 1st XI with his off-spin.

Chasing 195 for victory, Buxton lost three early wickets against a strong opening attack of Brown and Little, who found both swing and movement off the seam, to leave Buxton reeling at 28-3.

Luke Smith managed to see the two bowlers off but, after a flurry of boundaries against the change bowling of Hyde, was bowled for 31.

Julian Burgess hit a neat 24 before being trapped in front and Tim Frowhein made a bludgeoned top score of 36, but Buxton never really recovered from their poor start. Brown returned to finish with 4-13 from ten overs, as the Bucks ended on 149-9.