Hill (6-46) excels with the ball as Buxton go down fighting

Matt Poole bowling at Shane Furness
Matt Poole bowling at Shane Furness

RELEGATED Buxton 1st XI fell just short in their run chase at Hayfield on Saturday, after an outstanding bowling performance by Mark Hill (6-46) had helped restrict the hosts to 215 in their innings.

Buxton skipper I. Betts won the toss and put Hayfield into bat, and Hill quickly removed Hudson (5), caught by Poole, and also accounted for the other opener Furness just five runs short of a hard-fought 50.

Hayfield's Gareth Davies batting against Buxton

Hayfield's Gareth Davies batting against Buxton

Five wickets then proceeded to fall in quick succession, four of them to Hill and one to J. Frohwien, with wicketkeeper Allen taking three impressive catches.

The arrival at the crease of Hayfield skipper Burgess, the league’s leading batsman, steadied the ship and, supported by Davies (78), the pair pushed the score forward.

Burgess completed his half century before falling to the good work of MacKenzie, but Davies continued to score steadily, ably assisted by Proctor, as the Hayfield innings eventually closed on 215.

The Buxton reply got off to a rocky start with the early dismissal of openers R. Marsden and J. Frohwien, before MacKenzie (32) stabilized the innings with some fantastic authoritative strokes.

However, wickets continued to tumble at the other end, and with frustration building MacKenzie departed the scene by hitting a lofted drive into the hands of Burgess.

Betts made an immediate impact, running tight singles and hitting a succession of sixes, and when he was joined by Poole the pair started to pick gaps in the field to score many boundaries.

Betts was bowled for 33 and Hill (9) soon followed, but 14-year-old Sebastian Betts (14) came in and with Poole (59) built the largest partnership of the innings.

After Poole’s dismissal, Betts showed maturity beyond his years against one of the league’s finest bowling attacks before being run out.

The wicket of Allen (13) was the last to fall, with the Bucks 27 runs short of their target.