DROPPED catches and poor batting cost the re-shuffled Bucks their league match against 2011 title holders Dinting.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but Buxton got off to a great start with Cafferky taking a quick reaction catch off the bowling of Hill, with the score on only ten.
Buxton’s bowlers J. Frohwien and Hill put on a great show of economic bowling and when the next wicket fell in the tenth over with the score on only 28 the Bucks looked to be in control.
The impressive Frohwien got his first wicket with the assistance of skipper Betts behind the stumps, and he quickly claimed his second scalp with a ball that was sent straight to the safe hands of Smith.
Dinting were on the rack at this stage at 47-4, but began to show their pedigree by carefully accumulating runs. Buxton continued to pressure their opponents, and it paid off when Mackenzie got the fifth wicket of the day.
Clearly not disheartened, Dinting picked up the scoring rate and although wickets fell regularly the opposition began to exert more and more control, with captain Adam Wilson scoring a well-constructed half century.
When Smith returned to the attack and picked up his first victim it was simply a consolation for Buxton, who had lost all control with Dinting closing on 220-8. Buxton’s fielding was well below par, with an unbelievable six catches going down during proceedings. Despite that, Buxton youngster J. Frohwien showed enormous promise with figures of 2-26.
Buxton’s innings started poorly, with Bentley being run out and his opener Bartlett succumbing to a phenomenal one-handed, diving catch at slip by Brightmore.
There were few batting highlights during the innings although Cafferky made a reasonable contribution of 20 before holing out when attempting an expansive drive. In the death throws of the innings Poole and Hill came together with an impossible task ahead of them, but with Dinting’s attacking bowling changes it was hard to accumulate runs and it was no surprise when Poole was ultimately sent back to the changing room after being bowled.
Hill followed suit shortly afterwards with Buxton being bowled out for a disappointing 66.