Dowland and Frohwien guide Buxton to first win of the season

Buxton CC v Chapel, Andy Hibbert batting for the visitors
Buxton CC v Chapel, Andy Hibbert batting for the visitors

A season-best performance saw Buxton 1st XI beat local rivals Chapel-en-le-Frith at The Park on Saturday.

Batting first, Chapel forged a good opening partnership between Milner and Radcliffe, with the Buxton bowling attack struggling to take wickets on the damp surface.

Buxton CC v Chapel, Nick Smith

Buxton CC v Chapel, Nick Smith

A change in the bowling produced Buxton’s first wicket of the day, Dowland removing Radcliffe (14), and then Pheasey with a wonderful off-cutter that clean-bowled the batsman, while at the other end MacKenzie dismissed Wagstaffe.

However if Buxton wanted to restrict the runs sufficiently, they would have to remove the effective Milner, who was putting on a fabulous display of batting.

The ever-reliable Smith was on hand to take wickets, a tempting ball that Milner had to play was taken smartly behind the stumps, and B Marsden had the bails off in a blink of the eye leaving Chapel on 94 with only 16 overs to go.

The Chapel run rate was further restricted by the arrival of Poole, who took a wicket of his own with the help of a catch in the deep by Hill.

Chapel eventually ran out of overs with the score on 137.

In reply, Buxton openers B Marsden and Griffin quickly settled, but Griffin (6) was soon walking back to the pavilion, bowled by Hawtin.

Marsden (22) continued to score runs, pulling a couple of nice fours, before being stumped off Theyer’s bowling.

After the dismissal of Betts, Belfield followed next ball and then incredibly McKenzie two balls later.

But Dowland and Frohwien forged what proved to be the most crucial partnership of the match.

With some classic strokes to the boundary, they began to carefully construct Buxton’s highest partnership of the season. Frohwien batted with care and style, scoring runs quickly.

Chapel were fielding tightly, but incredibly put down nine catches as Dowland (45 not out) and J. Frohwien (47 not out) guided Buxton to their target.

Hawtin was the outstanding bowler for Chapel with figures of 4-61.