Season gathers momentum

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BUXTON Cricket Club 1st XI’s season in the top flight is gathering momentum with a fine away win at Birch Vale. The home side won the toss in a rain-reduced match of 40 overs per side and elected to bat first.

Birch made a solid start, putting on 36 for the first wicket before Matthew Poole made the breakthrough having McIlvenny caught at gulley by Bob Marsden for 21.

Birch Vale CC v Buxton, Birch's Tom Ilvenney steers the ball to Bob Marsden in the slips

Birch Vale CC v Buxton, Birch's Tom Ilvenney steers the ball to Bob Marsden in the slips

The other opener Lloyd Kennedy batted well and held the innings together, making 75 before falling to the inspired Scott Mackenzie who took 3-35 and also held three catches.

Nick Smith was his miserly self with 2-19 and the returning Poole finished with 4-30 as Birch were dismissed for 129.

A prolonged rain break during the interval meant Buxton had just 25 overs to reach their target. The innings got off to the worst possible start as skipper Iain Betts was adjudged caught at slip first ball in spite of suffering quite a nasty elbow injury in the process.

Steve Knighton and Julian Burgess steadied the ship with a stand of 87 before Burgess holed out at mid-off for 42, followed shortly afterwards by Knighton for 36.

Amrit Singh saw the Bucks home with a few lusty blows to finish on 26 not out, ably assisted by Bob Marsden (16 not out) to reach the target for the loss of three wickets.