Saxton A vs East Keswick A
22 August 2009
Saxton A 230/8, East Keswick A 145 all out - Saxton A won by 85 runs.
A warmish day with no sign of rain greeted the Saxton oval on Saturday which looked optimistic for the second team trying to win the remaining games to keep the pressure on Sherburn.
Saxton with a strong batting line up with the dropped Steve Hutton in at 4 won the toss and decided to bat. Nige and Steve Wragg opened up against Andy and a ringer from Keswicks first team. With the score on 19-0 Nige top edged a slower ball half tracker to square leg followed by Wragg who missed a full ball from Andy 19-2, but his innings was not over yet...another possible collapse was looming. In came two leftys who shared a partnership of around 40 between Cheeky Monkey and Steve Hutton before Rory played on “again” for 19. Skipp failed for only the third time this season (twice against Keswick) lofting one to cover. In came Will who played some nice shots before pulling a calf so Wragg was volunteered to run which was a mistake for him when Hutton and Kemp put on 129 for the 4th Wicket with Stevie Hutton clobbering the ball to all parts of the ground including one massive six over mid wicket.
The partnership was putting Saxton in a promising position with a win looking likely. When on 98, Steve played one of the few poor shots of his monster innings lofting one to the only Keswick who could have caught a ball but decided to leave it and give Steve his first 100 in Saxton colours. A short leg side ball from Andy which was neatly dispatched by Hutton brought up his century which unfortunately ended 14 runs later when caught by the keeper. A great knock of 114! Will shortly followed, hobbling back to the pavilion for a hard fought 38. Baxter and Hannah looked to push the score towards 230 and with some nice shots before they were both bowled in the last over got Saxton to the position they wanted to be in.
When Saxton took to the field they knew that a couple of important wickets would make the chase impossible. Once the first wicket fell the batsmen that would either make or break the challenge for the title came in and crunched Cheeky through the covers first ball. It looked like the game could be close but when an inspired bowling change was brought on from the pavilion end Stuart “Broady” Brown bowled a full toss which was graciously placed into the safe hands of Ian at cover. The danger man was gone. Wickets continued to fall at continuous intervals with Boyesy, Ian, Brownie and Rory sharing the wickets before Tiger Tyson came up and swept up the tail taking 1-0 off 0.2 overs.
Great win and a possible title challenge still on...Bring on Hillam and Monk Fryston