8th May 2010
Saxton (6) v Crossgates (0)
Saxton won by 148 runs
Saxton 232/7 (Steve Hills 95, John Potter 41*)
Crossgates 84 all out (Steve Hills 5/4)
After the joys of last week gaining 6 points and 20 quids worth of fines, the first team were in high spirits for their game against newly promoted Crossgates even though it was about 10 and all the cricketers had to walk from the pub for no apparent reason as the road that was meant to be shut for 3 weeks was open after 5 days. (Ed - Selby Council told us 3 weeks, but Snowy was there to supervise – and on commission). As the players arrived, the tea was there waiting for them and it looked lovely and so it should for 70 odd quid. There was some good team banter at Rory's expense who was unable to defend himself as he was putting out the stumps, the banter unfortunately was even too crude for this report but you can imagine what it was about.
To the cricket and Saxton had more key players out. Mo was out again and Saxton's talisman Dave Crampton was out. However not all was bad as Beethoven (the dog, not the classical composer) was returning. In his last spell of bowling he took 5 wickets at Fenton and Henry VIII aka Wookie was also returning to bolster up the batting line up.
As is the norm, Steve Hills went out and lost the toss and Saxton were put into bat and for the first time this season saxton weren't 3 down after 10 overs. Steve and Gareth had made a steady start apart from Gareth being dropped at backward point, first fine of the day.
Then disaster struck as Harrers was struck on the pads and given LBW. Next in was the suicidal Jamie, who, thank God, was dropped on his first ball or that surely would have been it. Just to point out it was the same man that dropped Gareth, not worry his day gets worse. After the drop Jamie played some really nice shots, unfortunately though Gareth had departed to bring in Steve Hills. These two put on a good partnership before Jamie was caught. In came Donald who has definitly been watching too much 20/20, swinging his bat over and around a straight one (take a leaf out of Rory’s book). So after the good start Saxton had lost a few wickets, surely not a batting collapse now. JP was next to the crease, dubbed the new Dave Buck without the tash.
He and Steve Hills were going along nicely until a 13 year old came on and managed to tie them down. The partnership was ended in the last 10 overs with Steve out LBW. He had made a fantastic knock of 95 and showed what he can be capable with a bit of application. So with 10 overs or so left, Saxton needed to push on to over 200. In came Rory Coe with a pinch-hitting role, maybe someone should have pinched him as he walked out as he was clearly dreaming, Rory departing for 1. In came Smokey and the out went Smokey (golden duck). The day was getting very expensive now for Smokey . Instead of buying Lennox a new carpet, Gareth might have to lend Nick money just to get through to pay day. Harry Fletcher was next in and played a couple of nice shots, he and Potter pushed the score up to 232, a very competitive score.
As tea was being prepared Jamie Winter was locked in a cage so as not to maul anything he could get his hands on, food-wise I mean, he is still a bit confused.
On to the bowling and Saxton started off really well restricting the opening pair to just 17 off 8 overs and then a breakthrough. Coe sent the off-peg flying, yes, you did read right and their opening bat was put out off his misery as he went for a duck.
Next we all thought was the big wicket. The Aussie was in and although he was one of the mainstays in the innings, Rover tormented him early on. Harrers then made the most important breakthrough in getting their opener. Saxton were sharp in the field with two good run-outs and a couple of smart catches, one being Harrison’s second wicket, the Aussie. Other than this, it was the Steve Hills show once again, taking 5 wickets for 4 runs and clearing up the middle and lower order. Which the begged the question asked by Oringe, “why don't you bowl more often skipper?” Crossgates where all out for 84.
Another 6 points for Saxton and a team looking more and more confident, and unlike last season, concentrating a bit more with the bat. Keep up the good work and onto Bilton next week.