Saxton 2nd Vs. Bilton-in-Ainsty
In trying to think of a word to sum up this particular match, I think I’ll go with “inconsistent”.
With weather looking like it could go either way as we arrived, Brommers’ constant stream of “Can I open the batting? Can I open the bowling?” gave everyone a vague idea that he wanted to open the batting and the bowling. So he did.
Bilton won the toss and elected to bowl first. This pleased many of the Saxtoners because, as Alan so elegantly put it, “We can be in the pub by five”. Brommers and Nige stepped up to open the batting, Jack elegantly stepping down a few minutes later, the ball having clipped his pads and taken the bails off, leaving him with a grand total of two.
Nigel then remained through both Dennisons, who demonstrated very little inconsistency to be fair to them; unfailingly popping the ball up to the bowler until he caught it (this took three goes in Chris’s case). Then in came Ian, and he and Nige delivered a solid partnership, over the course of the innings scoring 95 between them. At one point Ian hit a glorious six (one of three), however he was bittersweet in his triumph as he realised it had come crashing down on his own car. Nigel was later bowled out, departing with a respectable score of 29. Brownie and Dave followed quickly, and then Ian fell to the fielders. Alan and Jeffo were in at this point, hoping to hold the wicket and score the occasional few runs; this was ruined slightly as Alan was caught, and Jeffo went for a very silly pull shot that resulted in the immediate removal of the middle stump from the vicinity. Jon Boyes and Teef managed to get seven between them, and then it was all over for the Saxton batsmen.
After the teas (with some very nice cake; compliments to the Bilton ladies there), Saxton came out to field on what was now a gloriously sunny pitch with a very light breeze…and a considerably bouncy wicket.
Ian and Jack opened the bowling, and it’s fair to say that they both delivered a good performance, with Jack nabbing two batsmen (bowled and LBW) – despite occasionally pitching it midwicket and serving boundaries on a plate – and Ian getting three (thanks to a hefty catch each from Mr. Bromley and Mr. Pettit). Teef then took over at Jack’s end and relentlessly pounded the batsmen, grabbing a wicket courtesy of a catch from Chris Dennison. Jon replaced Ian and also delivered a strong performance, unfortunately not getting any wickets, but only seven runs were scored from his three overs – a good total by any standard.
Tom Dennison came in for a last-ditch attempt at removing more batsmen (despite some snide whispers that it was to finish the game quickly), but a four was scored off his first ball and that was it.
What we have learned today:
One: Don’t let Jack open the batting.
Two: If you’re going to smash it for six, avoid the general direction of the car park.
Three: We need some practice.
It’s not hopeless; we played to a standard that allows us to keep our heads held high. Let’s all get settled in again and put up a good fight against Leo’s next week.