Broadbottom edge thriller despite Griffin’s heroics

Buxton batsman Scott McKenzie takes the attack to the visitors in their match against Broadbottom.
Buxton batsman Scott McKenzie takes the attack to the visitors in their match against Broadbottom.
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Buxton 1st XI 122 all out v Broadbottom 1st XI 124-9

BUXTON 1st XI went tantalisingly close to victory in a thriller against Broadbottom at The Park on Saturday.

Put into bat, Buxton’s first four batsmen were dismissed with relative ease by the visitors’ fierce bowling attack.

The arrival of MacKenzie at the crease signalled a turnaround for Buxton.

Playing with maturity and composure, and with the assistance of Smith and Poole, he made the opposition bowling look ordinary with a mixture of singles, twos and fours.

With the departure of MacKenzie (53), Smith and Pool, the Bucks’ innings collapsed to 122 all out.

Taking to the field, Buxton made a decent start, bowling economically and making Broadbottom work for runs.

Cash-Davies, on his first-team debut, opened the bowling, but after a lack of luck and a dropped catch in the outfield he was replaced by T. Griffin.

Broadbottom lost both their openers to Griffin after the pair had forged an 87-run partnership.

Griffin began to run rampant with the batting, quickly attaining another four key wickets with some outstanding bowling.

Broadbottom’s innings was in jeopardy, especially when Smith chipped in with two wickets – ether side of Griffin claiming his seventh victim of the afternoon – but the visitors edged over the finishing line with one wicket in hand.