League leaders storm to victory in rain-hit clash

Dinting 1st XI 149-2, Buxton 1st XI 148 all out

WINNING the toss for the first time this season, Buxton elected to bat first against league leaders Dinting on Saturday.

Marsden (4) was the first of the openers to fall, which brought captain Iain Betts to the crease to partner Griffin.

Betts began taking advantage of gaps in the field, scoring frequent boundaries, singles and smashing two big sixes over the bowler’s head.

With a high-scoring total of 33, the Bucks captain lost his wicket trying to hit yet another boundary.

Griffin attempted to re-construct the innings, playing with confidence and technique, however he was soon back in the pavilion after the finest of edges to the wicketkeeper.

Buxton’s innings began to collapse with them losing wickets at an alarming rate. Smith and MacKenzie (22) brought stability to the innings, the latter displaying some great running between the wickets and hitting some fabulous fours before being stumped by Dinting wicketkeeper Thompson.

In-form Bartlett, Poole and Eyre hit the ball to all corners of the ground as the Bucks finished on 148, a positive performance but perhaps not enough to beat the league leaders.

During an innings disrupted by heavy rain showers, Dinting stepped on the gas with openers Wilson and Seville putting on 50 in just ten overs.

MacKenzie bowled Wilson (22), but Dinting had no trouble regaining their good momentum, capitalising on gaps in the field and superb shot-making from Brightmore (58 not out) and Seville (49), who was dismissed late on by a fabulous catch by T. Frohwien.

Brightmore, with new batting partner Gerrard, knocked off the remaining runs as Dinting finished on 149-2.