Bucks crash to another heavy loss

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Peak Sports Derbyshire and Cheshire League Division One

Broadbottom 1st XI 164-8, Buxton 1st XI 74

A PROCESSION of outgoing batsmen and a slow scoring rate brought Buxton their third defeat in a row.

Winning the toss, Buxton put Broadbottom in to bat and soon claimed their first wicket of the day, when a seeming delivery from Poole was sent straight to the hands of MacKenzie at slip.

Bowlers Poole and Hill continued to bowl effectively, but it was when the experienced Nick Smith came on to bowl that the second wicket fell.

This was the precursor to a superb spell of bowling by the veteran off-spinner, who constantly beat the bat and had a succession of close LBW appeals turned down.

Poole then removed the threatening opener Walsh for 26, and by the midway stage Broadbottom had scored just 73.

Two more wickets fell off the bowling of Mackenzie, both catches to Betts and Frohwien.

Broadbottom slowly increased the pace of their scoring, losing three wickets in the process. MacKenzie (4-54) and Smith (2-62) bowled in concert to great effect.

Openers Marsden and Budd made a steady start in Buxton’s reply, consistently moving the scoreboard forward, until the partnership was broken when Marsden fell to a decent catch for 18.

Batsman started to struggle with a wicket that had changed considerably, now offering increased assistance to the bowling attack.

Belfield was soon back in the pavilion, shortly followed by Cafferky, Budd and Bartlett. Betts attempted to hit boundaries, but was eventually caught in the deep.

MacKenzie was next to assist the ever-present Frohwien, hitting two fantastic fours before becoming the eighth casualty of the Broadbottom attack.

The innings had turned from a run chase one of accumulating some batting points, to compliment the four bowling points already in the bag. However, another batsman came in and left the scene without scoring, and the game was brought to a conclusion when Hill was bowled with the Bucks having only mustered 74 runs.

Frohwien, who during his stay at the crease had seven different batting partners, showed his composure with 16 not out.