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Dixon digs deep before the

heavens open at Southside


Patrington CC 181-7

South Holderness CC 14-2


A PROPER captain’s innings from Matty Dixon was unfortunately in vain on Saturday when the weather intervened with Patrington well on top at home against South Holderness.

After being asked to bat first, the hosts found themselves at 23 for 4 with Pollard, Murrey, Connor and Jamie McKinley all being dismissed with none of them registering double figures.

When Jacob Duffill (18) became Andy Berry’s (3 for 28) third victim, the First XI were in real trouble at 51 for 5. Bob Eldon-Smith provided some support for Dixon until he was run out with the score on 78, and Ian Buss joined Dixon in the middle. The pair added 97 for the seventh wicket and managed to guide Patrington to a total that had been unthinkable only an hour or so earlier.

Buss hit 37 until the partnership was broken by visiting captain Mark Johnson (1 for 73) with the score on 175 for 7, and Dixon looked to Danny Collinson to stay with him as he made his way towards would what have been a well-deserved century.

Time ran out, however, and Dixon finished on 91 not out with Patrington 181 for 7 at the interval in what was an excellent fightback.

There had been the threat of rain throughout the afternoon, and the atmospheric conditions clearly suited Buss, who was revelling in his new role as an opening bowler, as he dismissed the dangerous Rich Ingram (14) LBW and then produced a peach of a delivery to clean bowl Rich Rosindale.

With the visitors standing at 14 for 2 the heavens opened and the match was soon abandoned, with Patrington taking 11 points and South Holderness 10.

The First XI travel to face Sutton this Saturday looking to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture last Bank Holiday.

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