Century seals Bucks victory

Buxton's Pat Cafferky survives a stumping appeal against Dinting
Buxton's Pat Cafferky survives a stumping appeal against Dinting

Buxton played host to high flying Dinting on Saturday.

A rain-delayed start meant a reduced game of 41 overs a side. The visitors won the toss and put Buxton in to bat first.

Despite a brisk start the home side never really built any partnerships and were bowled out in the 30th over for 125 with Ped Seville 2-28, and John Coleman 4-32, leading the Dinting attack. The main contributors for Buxton were Amrit Singh (27) and Steve Knighton (24).

In reply Dinting took 34 overs to knock off the required runs, Dawson 48 and Coleman 46 making light work of the target and finishing on 129-2. Buxton’s Mark Hill took 2 for 41 from his 9 overs.

Sunday saw the first round of the Bissenden Cup and Broadbottom were the visitors to the Park with the Bucks looking to avenge last Saturday’s home league defeat to the same opposition.

Buxton won the toss and put Broadbottom in to bat. This decision was rewarded by Johnny Marsden taking two early wickets to leave the visitors struggling on 19 for 2.

There followed a stand of 135 between R Baron and C Cheetham-Roberts who both made half centuries. In the middle overs the Buxton bowlers put the brakes on the scoring and Nick Smith bowled a miserly spell of 0 for 14 from his allotted 8 overs. Singh chipped in with 0 for 21 from his 8 to leave the visitors on 75 for 2 after 25 overs.

A final flurry saw Broadbottom score 143 from the last 15 overs to set Buxton a competitive score of 218 for 7. Marsden finished on 2 for 38. Scott Mackenzie and Mark Hill chipped in with a wicket apiece.

The Bucks’ reply started with a couple of early boundaries from Nick Smith before Iain Betts and Julian Burgess started to make inroads into the 219 target. Good contributions from Tim Frohwein (21) and Johnny Marsden (20) kept Buxton up with run rate.

Burgess began to time the ball better as his innings progressed and he reached an excellent century. Buxton required just 9 runs from 9 balls when Burgess holed out for 104.

Mackenzie, however, came to the crease and stroked two glorious boundaries to ease any home nerves.

Dave Belfield hit the winning runs from the first ball of the final over as the home side reached their target of 219 for the loss of 7 wickets.