Bakewell’s recent run of good form came to an end on a difficult batting track against Hathersage CC, who recorded an incomplete win by 51 runs.
Bakewell captain Roy Peach won the toss and wisely chose to bowl on a green, sodden wicket with a damp outfield, and this looked be a good decision as bowlers Mick Clark (1-32) and Paul Fearn (2-20) kept a tight line and length to leave the home side on 33-3.
However, despite offering a chance off the bowling of Clark when he was on 18, opener Steve Askew (82 not out) dug in and played a patient, intelligent and stubborn innings which cemented Hathersage’s total of 133-8.
Even a rare stint of bowling from captain Peach (4-17) could not prevent the home side from finding some valuable boundaries in the final overs, and the final total was more challenging than Bakewell had hoped for.
The visitors’ reply began badly when opener Lee Tann (1) middled a drive and was superbly caught at mid-wicket by Vikas Kale.
This seemed to be a portentous omen for Bakewell’s reply as they slumped to 10-3 with the reliable David Hadfield (5) and Matt Baker-Pearce (3) sent back to the pavilion.
Jeff Madin (18) showed some much needed resistance for the visitors and his stay inspired a belligerent Peach (35 not out) to almost club his side to victory, supported by a mature innings by Tom Ford (2), who resisted the bowling for 15 overs.
However, Bakewell fell short of the target and finished on 82-8.