Sat 28th August 2010
Garforth PC (6) v Saxton (0)
Garforth PC won by 10 wickets
Saxton 180 all out
Garforth PC 181/0
After sub standard performances in the previous two weeks, Saxton travelled to Garforth for a game against a 2nd placed Parish Church side looking for revenge after an earlier season defeat at the Saxton Oval. Changes to the team saw the return of the one eyed Wookie after getting the all clear from his new favourite organisation, the National Health Service, to once again return to the fold, and Lennox, the village soak, come in for Rory and Kim Il Fletcher, who chose to spend the weekend drinking cans of cheap Lager in a muddy field with several thousand dregs of society, somewhere just outside Leeds. A sensible decision in hindsight.
After winning the toss Yogi Potter elected to make first use of a somewhat moist track, the start slightly delayed by heavy downpour, much to the delight of the watching Faye, sorry Boo Boo, and Em. Boosted by a message from the sleep deprived, but now expert nappy changing absent Skipper, that anyone underperforming will be watching the last 2 games from the sidelines, Steve Harrison and Gareth strode out to the wicket once the rain clouds had subsided to start Saxton's innings.
Despite missing the previous 6 or 7 games, Gareth started positively, playing a series of flowing drives, 2 of which he actually connected with, althoiugh unfortunately wasn't able to kick on past double figures, misjuding a delivery from opening bowler Childe, to see, sorry half see his stumps crashing behind him. With Potter falling soon after, the visitors were not for the first time in a rather precarious position. A position that was only to get worse a couple of overs later when Jamie was beaten all end ups by a 'cracker', the quality of the ball later confirmed by Steve Harrison after questions were raised as to whether Jamie had simply missed a straight one.
35 for 3 and despite Steve Harrison looking very comfortable at the other end, worse was soon to follow with Steve Hutton playing his second ball onto his stumps. The signs were beginning to look ominous for the 18th time this season. However, the next hour or so brought about possibly with the only positive spell of the game for the Saxton side, with the aforementioned Steve H playing determinedly and fluently when the opportunity allowed, aided at the other end firstly by a never seen before innings of patience and common sense (a word not normally associated with the Saxton Wicketkeeper) from Smokey, and then DC. Although neither could push on to a big score, the Saxton innings now had some kind of foundation, with Steve able to push on past a very well deserved half century to take his team towards a near competitive score. Although neither a rather grumpy looking Oringe, or Lennox, distracted by the discovery of the Beer Fridge in the Pavillion, could significantly trouble the scorers, the now on song Mr Harrison was able to carry the visitors to 180, helped at the end by a couple of lusty blows from Jimmy D. Perhaps 30 runs short of a good total, but from 37 for 4, a very respectable effort, with Steve undoubtedly the star of the show with an innings of 77, for the third time this season. A mention must also be given to Parish Church bowler Childe, who produced one of the best displays of swing bowling seen for some time at this level. Surely worth a smile Darren......evidently not.
After conversations about Gymnastics, the end of season Fancy Dress and virtues of eating, Saxton set out to defend their score on a wicket which would hopefully still offer the bowlers something. However, the only word that sums up the second part of the game would be embarrassing.
Less than an hour later and less than 25 overs completed, the away side trudged off the field towards the dressing room, with several players choosing to remain outside fully kitted, looking almost shell shocked by what had taken place. 182 for 0, with both opening batsmen cruising past the half century mark, having made things look ridiculously easy. The fact that every bowler averaged over 6 an over, and Saxton never looking like taking a wicket saying it all. It must be said that it was the first game in memory that no catches were dropped. It must also be said however, that this was due to the fact that no chances were actually created.
More application shown this week with the bat, but still very diffficult to take anything positive from that game, the sombre attitude after the game summing things up perfectly. 2 games left and its time for us all to stand up and be counted. Let's try finish this season on a high, rather than the damp squib that's it currently looking like. We've got the ability, but now its time to show it, as well as some kind of belief, whcih seems to be sadly missing at the moment. Otherwise, why bother turning up on a Saturday at all. Let's all have a good think about things this week, and let's put it right against Thorner on Saturday.
It was later reported that 4 Saxton players had been questioned by local Police and had their Mobile phones confiscated in light of possible match fixing allegations by several of Garforth Parish Church's promotion rivals.