25th July 2009
Saxton A 272/6, Little Ribston A 65 all out - Saxton A won by 207 runs.
Saxton 2nds took the short trip to Little Ribston confident of maintaining a good run in the league, having beat Garforth and Kippax the previous 2 weeks the team were jubilant against a middling Ribston side.
The young skipper won the toss and chose to bat on a green wicket, but on a scorching hot day for the fielders it was hoped would melt under the sun. Old Master Bob returning to the side was sent out with demoted 1st teamer Jamie Winter to open up. The pair set about embarrassing the opening bowlers flaying anything to the boundary. It was unfortunate the partnership didn’t last long when Winter was bowled in the 6th over for 27. Score reading 42-1. Another demoted 1st teamer Coe was next, a strange decision by the skipper with Coe usually unable to buy a run, but a picturesque cover drive for 4 to set him on his way soon altered opinions. Eleven overs later the score was 74-3 when Coe departed quickly followed by the elder of the Dennos a.k.a Chris.
Wickets fell regularly for the next 15 overs with only the gaffer staying put. Hannah was done 1st ball, Bob departed for a well made 54, Tommy D stuck around and made 12, but Saxton looked wobbly the score reading 140 odd for 6 with 14 overs remaining. Baxter yet to make his mark with the bat this year joined the skipper and then it all kicked off. Ball after ball flew to the rope for a boundary and after 45 overs Saxton had amassed 272-6! The stand Between Baxter (56*) and Ian (81*) turned out to be a divisional record for a 7th wicket partnership, eclipsing the previous best by 4 runs, they had added 132*.
Saxton went out to bowl with Buck and Coe opening up and both bowled very economic opening spells, each finishing with figures of 2-6 from 6 overs a piece. They had however been unable to shift the obdurate Dave Crooks from the crease as he continued to block ball after ball, determined so set a world record for the most boring innings ever. Tiger Tyson came on and took a wicket with his 2nd delivery, he himself bowling 6 overs taking 2 wickets for 26. Akko also bowled a tight spell conceding just 15 from 6 overs but unable to make a break through. So the Young Gaffer and J.Winter came on to bowl spin and clean up the Ribston tail, Ian taking 1-1 which turned out to be the prized wicket of Crooksy, sweeping deftly on to his own stumps. Winter bowled very well with some flight and turn and was able to capture figures of 3-0 from 3 overs, in mopping up the last few batsmen.
So Ribston had capitulated to 65 all out, and it was a 207 run win for the 2nd teamers, a great win, surely by one of the biggest margins seen in years. So it was back to the Saxton Oval to watch a tight finish with the firsts then, followed swiftly by a few ales down at the Greyhound. What a Saturday, what a win!