Season starts with heavy away defeat

EYE-CATCHING: Buxton's Nick Smith top-scored with 21 against Hawk Green. NBUA110611A.
EYE-CATCHING: Buxton's Nick Smith top-scored with 21 against Hawk Green. NBUA110611A.

BUXTON CC 1st XI’s new-look side suffered a heavy defeat on their first outing of the season at Hawk Green.

But while the outcome was disappointing, Buxton can take heart from the outstanding contribution made by its younger players.

After Hawk Green won the toss and elected to bat, opening bowler Hill removed the first batsman with a smart catch taken at gully by T. Frowhein.

When Poole removed the other opener with a fine delivery caught behind by captain Iain Betts, Hawk Green were in some trouble.

However, with a mixture of good fortune and fine ball-striking they scored 117 runs before the loss of their next wicket.

Bowling in tandem, youngsters Tom Griffin and Joel Frowhein took the wickets of the dangerous Messih, aided by Belfield and Henderson caught by Betts, albeit not before he had scored an impressive 105.

Hawk Green accelerated the scoring rate, although Marsden temporarily slowed their progress with a high catch on the boundary off Hill’s bowling.

Buxton’s Griffin salvaged some valuable bowling points with a further two wickets, completing a fine debut with figures of 3-102.

Chasing 363 was certainly a daunting prospect, and within one over Hawk Green had claimed their first victim, Marsden falling without scoring.

Budd and Belfield battled on scoring 18 runs before Budd departed. Bowlers Hudson and Elly were on form, keeping the batsmen from making any real progress.

Soon, the third batsman succumbed to the work of a great fielding side, after another brilliant catch, and that good work continued when another three wickets were lost in quick succession.

The home side then put on an onslaught of economic bowling that made it hard for Buxton to score many runs. Wickets continued to tumble, although Smith produced some eye-catching batting with a selection of classic drives and cuts in his top score of 21.

The innings finally came to an end when Smith, trying to push things on, holed out to mid-off with the total on an unsatisfactory 82 all out.