Buxton struggle to hold off Whaley charge

Buxton CC, Bob Marsden
Buxton CC, Bob Marsden

Chasing a third win in a row, a poor batting and below-par bowling display saw Buxton 1st XI lose away at Whaley Bridge.

Buxton were put into bat, but the opening partnership of R. Marsden and Dowland was broken when Dowland was bowled.

Marsden (24) was determined to provide an anchor role and hit some impressive boundaries before he was run out with the score on 43.

This dismissal saw the beginning of a middle-order collapse, with wickets falling and few runs being scored, leaving the Bucks in a dire state.

Cafferky put in a last-ditch attempt to raise the run tally, but after an admirable innings he too was stumped just short of 30. Buxton’s last wickets fell, and they had been bowled out for a total of 103.

The visitors’ bowling attack restricted runs well early on, and two early wickets fell. Dowland took a catch off Hill’s bowling to claim the first wicket, and shortly after Poole trapped his victim LBW to get the second.

With the score on 42-2, Buxton were still in with a chance but, despite a decent fielding display, the Bucks couldn’t stem the flow of runs.

Frequent bowling changes were made in a desperate attempt to get the game back in their favour, but with such a small target, Whaley Bridge quickly got the required runs to win the game and move to the top of Division Two.