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Match Report

Sat 14th August 2010

Saxton (0) v Sicklinghall (6)
Sicklinghall won by 82 runs
Sicklinghall 172/8
Saxton 90 all out

After 2 consecutive victories a confident Saxton looked for their first hat-trick of wins since the elevation to the Second Division against 4th placed Sicklinghall. Talk about a misplaced confidence.

Or at least for the first 30 overs it wasn’t, with the future nappy changer to be, winning (yes, again) a toss on a slow track which looked to suit the bowlers. The only change to the team seeing Jimmy Deane return to the side after an apparently memorable 2nd Team debut, taking the place of Jamie W, who dropped down, surprisingly without tears, to try find some form again.  7 overs gone and and despite no wickets on the board, only 7 runs to the total, thanks to some tight and very accurate bowling from the Mitchell Brothers.

With better soon to follow thanks to a sharp catch at Point from Oringe (no offending trees this week) off Grant's bowling to remove dangerous Wood Brother Number 1. When the 2nd wicket fell a few overs later courtesy of the safe hands Harrison, again off the bowling of Peggy's youngest son, Saxton looked very much in control, with the batters struggling to find a response to some excellent bowling and a very slow track. Things could have been better if Lennox could have held onto a difficult chance in his infested groin region an over or 2 later.

Still, plenty of positives and the home side in an excellent position in conditions which they should have the best of throughout the course of the afternoon. And for the next 20 overs they remained in the ascendency thanks to a continuation of tight bowling and some very un-Saxton like fielding. 2 Wickets fell to the new spin king Steve Hills, one courtesy of a fine one handed return catch, and the other once again snaffled up by Mr. Dependable, Steve Harrison. 94 for 5, with 10 overs to go, and talk of keeping Sicklinghall to around the 120 mark.

Or so it should have been.

But as we have seen before implosion isn’t anything particularly new for the Saxton side, so it probably comes as little surprise to read how the tide of the game turned on its head in the last 10 overs of the Sickilinghall innings, in the main thanks to a combination of positive batting and abhorrent fielding, which included communication breakdowns, rather ‘interesting’ attempts at catching, and some laughable overthrows. Although the away side only reached 172 for 7 (the final 2 wickets taken by a gradually more irate Mr Harrison), the whole tide of the game had turned with the momentum firmly on the side of the opposition, on a wicket which although drying out, would still prove difficult to score quickly on.

On a positive note Steve Hutton’s, or Kim’s sorry, Sponge Cake went down a treat, and must surely be a strong contender for the ‘tea of the season’, especially with so much to go around. Or maybe this was just because Jamie wasn’t about.

There isn’t a lot to say about the Saxton reply, with the home team never looking like getting anywhere near the total they had been set. Early wickets fell, with on form Harrison falling for nothing, followed swiftly by Oringe, and the Skipper, although a lot of sympathy must go to the latter who was still trying to decide how he had been given out hours later in the Thin Dog. Only Potter with a determined and skillful innings of 30, supported by lower order flurries from Rory and Smokey, managed to put up any real resistance, with Saxton never able to get on top of the Sicklinghall slow bowlers.

90 all out in the end, and an incredibly disappointing performance after a positive beginning. But we’ve been here before, and come back strongly, and I’m sure we will again, hopefully starting on Saturday against a Leeds Police side who gave us a good old fashioned hammering earlier on the in the season.

The mood soon perked up in the Greyhound, as is usually the case when the notoriously cheap but potent Alpine Lager starts to flow, and the conversation soon changed from the day’s cricketing events to the usual questioning of Rory’s sexuality, Wraggy’s eating disorder, Gareth’s Cataracts, Lennox’s ‘outfit’, and the rest.

See you next week. And a big thank you for Steve Hutton for the underpants – very comfy indeed.

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