27th June 2009
South Milford A 161/8, Saxton A 164/5 - Saxton A won by 5 wickets
A warm, overcast and humid day greeted the two local rivals for promotion. One team with 6 juniors (Saxton) and one with a slightly higher average age.
After inspecting what looked like a perfect batting wicket, the YG won the toss and elected to bowl first, rather than let his few fellow adults get an hours sleep. Somehow he's got it into his head that we like to chase down big totals. 6th Division cricket is supposed to be a relaxing afternoon out, not the tense, nail-biters the huge crowds have been treated to all season.
Hannah and Boysey opened up in their customary manner, keeping it fairly tight and getting an early wicket with a well taken catch from King Louie off Hannah. It proved to be a false dawn though. The Milford stalwarts racked up the runs to get to 120 for 3 at the drinks break and 230+ looked on the cards. The YG stopped the rot though, ending up with three wickets and a couple of fine runouts kept the Milford eagerness between the stumps in check. A wicket each from Hannah and Chris D towards the end, a belated over from Tyson and another runout saw the final total restricted to 161 for 8. Contributing to this was a good all-round fielding performance and a much lower than usual extras total - just 14. It helps when anything down the leg-side isn't called a wide.
A lovely tea later and the Saxton opening pair, Harry and Louie, strode out, odds-on favourites. However, to some spectators it all seemed reminiscent of the last local derby against Sherburn when Saxton collapsed dramatically when facing a similar total.
Two minutes later, Harry's on his way back, the ball taking a bat, pad, middle stump route - out for 4. After that though, the batsmen cracked on, upped the pace and the game started to get away from Milford. An excellent anchor role by Louie, 52 (lbw) after 25 overs, supported by the GW (12), Wraggy (21) and the Hoody King of Saxton, Chris D (39) put the YG and Hobbling Gilbo in reach after 30 overs. The YG, with his sights firmly set on the non-existent 6's trophy, made 16 from 3 scoring strokes and Gilbo wrapped it up with a deft touch down the leg-side for 4.
Down the Greyhound then at a reasonable time for once. Then came the long wait for the First team to get back with the news from the twin fixture against Milford - a tense finish, hopes dashed and tears before bedtime.