The day began at a packed Greyhound. A wedding had made parking a right mission. Not surprisingly the bride arrived before any of our juniors, a 12.30 start was obviously too much to ask from the rising stars of the 6th division.
As the team was assembling at Hammerton’s ground the decision was made to bat first. The toss went Saxtons way and so it fell to Bob and Nige to open the batting. All was going well until Nige inside edged one onto his leg stump after 7 over’s. Not to worry, Wragg stepped up to do battle with Hammerton’s opening bowlers. This battle did not last long and Wraggy was slain for 1 shortly after. With Green Hammerton sensing early tea and the sun just getting brighter and brighter the captain went into steady the ship. A slack hand full of fours and a nicely timed six meant Ian had made his way to fifty. At the other end Bob had made it to fifteen before been dismissed. Some decent batting from the middle order put Saxton in a comfortable position. Green Hammerton finally remembered how to field and both Alan and Ian were caught out. With Saxton now on 115 the new boys to the team entered the fray. Both Brian and Tom made an impressive 21 a piece and so Saxton saw out their innings with a total of 168.
Green Hammerton teas went down a treat with a mixture of tasty sandwiches and a homemade jam sponge.
With the sun still scorching the earth Saxton went out to field confident with their high score. Boyes and Browny opened the bowling. Hammerton had wriggled their way up to the 40 mark and Saxton were still looking for the first wicket. Ian swapped himself with Browny and sure enough the change worked with 2 good wickets. P. Hunt came in to bat for Hammerton and threatened to throw a spanner in the works with some powerful batting. Saxton rallied together and some fantastic run outs involved Wraggy and Harry, with Baxter commanding the stumping. With P. Hunt dismissed Green Hammerton struggled with the batting. The game wasn’t won just yet. Harry replaced Boyes at the south end and put in a great display of spin blowing. Alan came on from the other end and took two very handy wickets at the end of his spell. The game ended after an enticing delivery from Harry lured the batsman out of the crease leaving Baxter to take off the bails.
A rather sunburnt Saxton won the game and it was straight down to the pub to celebrate. Well done lads.