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Saxton A v Green Hammerton A

15th August 2009

Green Hammerton 80 a.o  Saxton 83-3

Nige took over as stand in captain this week, as the gaffer sunned himself in Turkey (protecting his average). Saxton lost the toss and GH chose to bat on a rock hard pitch, one of the best prepared so far this season.

It didn’t take long for Saxton to make a breakthrough, with Coe removing both the opening batsman in his first spell, while Miss Buck held up the other end with some tight bowling. Twelve overs gone, Hammerton 20-2. Then came the introduction of Brown and Boyes. Stuart was able to pick up a good 3 wickets, bowling two and one being juggled by Nige at mid off before finally being clung onto. Jon bowled superbly, showing signs of aggression sending a number of batsmen tumbling to the turf crying for their mothers. He himself was able to pick up 2 wickets for 23 runs, in a very economic 12 over spell.

The veteran pairing of Snowy and Kemp of all people came on to clear up the tail. Snowy bowling a very good line and length mixed with the odd quicker one, while Kemp tempted the batsmen with off-spin of the lowest quality. Hammerton dismissed for 80, and an early tea was much looked forward to, and what a spread it turned out to be, gleefully supplied by the parents of Brown and Baxter. Contender for tea of the year was the common thought around the Saxton Oval.

With Harey not present, due to being beaten up by a punch bag; Wraggy and Old Master Hills were sent out to chase down the total. A good first few overs before the Old Master was sent packing, due to an LBW decision by his old friend Snowy. Young Coe next, he and Wragg turned into 20-20 style before Wragg was bowled slog sweeping and Coe was caught at long off, both departing for 19 apiece. So it was left to Denno and Kemp to knock off the remaining 30 runs, Denno finishing with 25* and Kemp (the batting master) a solid 9* including few text book strokes through the covers.

So the game ended with Kemp lecturing the juniors on how to bat properly and many a smile on the faces of the Saxton team. Finished before 5 o clock, what a luxury, back to the pub for a pint or 5, before the first team returned disappointed again. The divisional title still easily within reach for the best team in Saxton, a.k.a 2nd team



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