Game two....Bramhope at home.
Confidence was high after last weeks defeat....so high it looked as though we would be starting with 7 men until the final four decided to join us just before 1:25.....
Toss was lost and Saxton were inserted. Sounds painful but more pain was to come.
Tea boy and the moustachioed one got the side off to a solid start. After 7 overs were negotiated an April shower intervened. The heavy rain proved not to be heavy enough and play resumed after a 10 minute interval. It turned out that the rain had been ordered in by the "Crooked Festival" - A music festival at the Crooked Billet organised by a local entrepreneur who had also bought a job lot of wellies. Saxton's Arthur Daley also tried to seize his opportunity by selling some of his new hoodies and waterproofs - Check them out at the club website later this week or just ask Denno !!!!
Saxton's openers continued to keep the Bramhope bowlers at bay. The slip cordon and keeper commented that tea-boy only had one shot. The opening bowler wasn't sure and so continued to feed "that shot" so tea-boy took him for 16 off one over. Shortly afterwards the opening stand passed 50.....good start.
Tea-boy fell LBW shortly afterwards. Len then arrived at the crease and again looked positive - Nice six off a slower ball. A few of his shots did raise comments from that slip cordon who dared to question how many net sessions he'd actually attended. Len had made 19 when he walked after being struck on the arm. Peiter-fan arrived and played a lovely on drive for 4 to take the home side to 92-2.
At that point The Greyhound's domino side arrived..........or so it seemed as Saxton collapsed to 114 all out. Lets just say that no one was "got out"...... The lesser spotted Kemp was at the ground to witness most of the carnage. I'm sure he won't have been pleased to see some of the "straight bats" offered.
Teas were served early.....very nice they were too (just don't ask tea boy how much they cost).
Whilst the umpires were taking their afternoon nap (why else do we have 25 minutes for tea?), Tea boy started his new warm up exercises. It was commented that he could act as a light roller whilst carrying out these moves. No comment as to who would be heavy roller.......
Bramhope chased the runs down with confidence......positive batting lead them to their target without loss. Saxton did have time to put down a couple of chances. Young Coe and Mo bowled some good deliveries and both deserved a wicket for their efforts.
Saxton need to turn this round quickly, starting with next weeks game at home to Kippax. Harry will be returning from injury and hopefully Ifti may have returned from his trip home/studies.
1. Be at the ground for 1:15.
2. Not all wides are wides (again).
3. Crusties do teas for £40.
4. Summer dominoes league is played at the Greyhound every Thursday night. No more dominoes on a Saturday please.
The Burnt Jock Strap.