17th July 2010
Long Marston A (0) v Saxton A (5)
Saxton A won by 90 runs
Saxton A 196/6 (Chris Dennison 92*)
Long Marston A 106/8 (Ian Armitage 46*, Ian Cunningham 4/9)
As the team (gradually) rolled up to Long Marston the weather was looking a bit grim, and so were the team after losing the toss and being asked to bat first.
Nige and Harry took to the strip first, and played out a steady (very, very steady) first few overs. Harry eventually fell to the Marston bowlers; his anger at being bowled out again terrifying the old women who were watching with their knitting. After 30 overs, several wickets and a few rain showers, Saxton were 70/4 due to the treacle-like outfield meaning only two boundaries had been scored. However, the Long Marston players trembled with fear as Denno marched up and began swinging his bat like he wanted to throw it through the sight screen. A fairly impressive display resulted thereafter, with Denno – greatly assisted by Bally scoring 33, Bob scoring 30 and Baxter running Denno ragged – scoring 92 not out: racking Saxton’s final score up to 196/6, well done lads.
The teas went down well, and Saxton took to the field before Harry decided to join the old ladies in a game of Cribbage, and before Chris showed off his food juggling skills any more.
Back out again and the brief showers seen in the first half had been replaced by a strong wind, which quickly dried out the pitch, meaning that Long Marston would find it a lot easier to score boundaries than our boys had done. However a solid bowling performance from Jamie Baxter and Hannah Buck kept the run rate low, and by the time they had finished, Long Marston were kept down to 23/3 off 14 overs. Things didn’t improve for the home team, as Ian and Harry’s consistent bowling kept the batters defensive (Ian taking an impressive 4 wickets). Ian departed for a wedding reception or some other triviality after his spell, and Dave and Jeffo took over the bowling, keeping the run rate low; Dave and Nige swapped catching skills for this, with Nige taking an excellent catch, and Dave dropping one (Fortunately “catches win matches” did not apply here). Otherwise a good bowling performance from Dave, and Jeffo will buy some spikes soon - so he can at least mark out a proper run up, and not give away daft no-balls for overstepping the line. Alan came on and bowled a good first over, but his performance slipped slightly in the second (that's putting it mildly - Al), meaning Denno finished the bowling with Hannah in an attempt to kill, erm, “bowl out” the remaining batsmen, whose tenacious defence caused many a grumble among those who wanted to get back to the Greyhound.
Overall, a good performance all round, and now everybody is looking forward to doing the same to Wighill next week.