Luckless Bucks crash to another away defeat

Newton 1st XI 177-4, Buxton 1st XI 172-8

BUXTON travelled to Newton on Saturday to play their first game in many weeks.

Having lost the toss and put into bat, the innings started productively, with the experienced Marsden working well with 17-year-old Griffin.

The opposition’s bowling struggled to keep hold of the game, and it wasn’t until Buxton were nearing 100 that Griffin was sent on his way to the pavilion with a well-deserved 30.

Marsden attempted to continue his good work with Whitmore, however the partnership was cut short when Lee Turner took the second of his six wickets.

J. Frohwien moved the score along well, taking full advantage of singles and fielding errors. Unfortunately, this became increasingly difficult due to tight bowling by the in-form Turner.

Eventually the inevitable happened when Turner took wicket number three, dispatching Buxton’s highest scorer Marsden for an impressive 70.

T. Frohwien (15) and Betts (13) took the attack to the opposition in the final few overs with an array of expansive shots.

Buxton started the second innings spectacularly, with Poole taking the wickets of both Newton openers in the first four overs. However, at the other end of the wicket, a succession of bowlers struggled to keep the batsmen in control, until some stability was exerted when Smith was brought on to bowl his off-breaks.

M. Barnard (82) slowly built an innings, batting with class and technique. J. Frohwien claimed the wicket of Handforth through an athletic catch by Bartlett, while Griffin bowled A Turner through the gate.

Despite not playing a game in six weeks, The Bucks fielded well making few mistakes, but a clear lack of luck saw Buxton unable to make further inroads.