20th June 2009
Amaranth 113-9, Saxton 116- 2, Saxton won by 8 wickets
The rising stars of the 6th division turned up to the ground with great expectations after a good win the previous week. Amaranth, the whipping boys of the league for many a year were this season an improved mid-table side. Saxton were to bowl first and in an effort to spur on his team mates, Goose invited all of the young guns to his college party the following Saturday (starts at half seven, Tom’s flat, alcohol is supplied).
The Amaranth openers struggled to score early on with tight opening spells of bowling from Boysey and Bucky. A sluggish start was made by the batsmen with the run rate dropping to well below two an over. King Louis came into the attack swinging the ball like a rusty gate, breaking the deadlock in the process. The YG brought himself on and kept things tight at the other end, bowling with a distinct lack of the fabled moon ball, a wise move. Around the 22 over mark Fletch was brought on to bowl from his favoured ‘sightscreen end’. Aided by some great fielding, four catches, two of which from Bucky, and a stumping/run-out, Fletch spun his way to five wickets from nine overs. Good bowling and good fielding caused Amaranth to slump to 113-9, Bally putting his body on the line with a full length dive that resulted in injury to his pinkie, the most-manly of all injuries.
A great effort in the field was rounded off with a rather nice tea. Cricket and caramel slice, top combo.
Putting Wragg (shovel) in charge of party organisation, Goose went out to open the batting with King Louis, a very, very brave experiment that paid off for the YG. A solid 15 from Hare perfectly complimenting Goose’s clean-hit twenty odd. Tom Dennison, batting prize contender, who would have thought it? After the dismissal of the two openers, Wragg (shovel) and Chris eased home to win the game by eight wickets. Chris, not wanting to be out-shadowed by his ‘little’ brother, contributed a well made, unbeaten twenty-odd and Wragg (shovel) a silky 42*, including a few cracking cover-drives.
So it was back to the grey-hound to discuss the comfortable victory and college parties. The defeated Amaranth making use of the Greyhound pint and the sunshine well into the evening, fair play to ‘em.