Sat 4th May 2013
Saxton 170-9 (0) lost
to Crossgates 174-5 (5)
'Week 3 and back to the Oval for a game
against previously unbeaten Cross Gates.
Team changes saw Steve Hills reverting back to a a familiar
captaincy role with JP away missing penalties and winning
cup finals in Beirut, sorry Sherburn, the debut of Mike
Engel, via Cape Town, Cornwall and Towton, and the return
of Matt Ball, looking fresh after spending the previous
evening in a bed rather than under an Apple tree.
Toss lost, and into bat we went on a green looking track,
which promised bounce and action. Sadly, reality is a
very different concept with the track playing in the usual
Saxton manner, i.e. slow, low , unpredictable and wonderful
to keep on. For the third week running, the openers, on
this occasion Hills and Ball provided a very steady start
in the midst of a threatening Cross Gates new ball partnership.
Both batted solidy,scoring 30's before succumbing whilst
trying to increase the run rate. In walks Mr Bishop, bat
just about in tact despte travelling to most parts of
Kirk Hammerton the previous weekend. What a difference
7 days makes. 53 runs later, thanks to some glorious offside
strokes and brutal pulls, a smiling Liam walks back to
the pavillion with bat raised (rather than flying) to
well earned applause from his team mates. Team mates who
had just picked themselves off the floor having been party
to Mrs Gilbertson uttering the words 'look lively Dan'........less
than 5 minutes after a discussion about her son's recent
18 and a half sleep-a-thon.
Much credit has to go to the Cross Gates attack though,
who continued to make scoring very difficult for the duration
of the 45 overs. Control and discipline saw the home team
finish with a total of 170, which although competitive,
was perhaps 40 runs short according to the Saxton skipper.
Notable mentions must go to Denno for a patient and sensible
innings, despite an initial run rate similar to that of
Geoffrey Boycott's in the sub-continent. Without it however,
a sub 150 total could well have been on the cards. Unfortunately,
no one else was really able to contribute, with Sowerby
ashamedly even having to resort to blocking the penultimate
over to ensure Cross Gates didnt recieve any additional
balls in their quest to chase down the score that they
had been set.
Many thanks to Mrs Gilbertson for the very pleasant teas
at this juncture too, ably served by an understandably
weary looking Dan, fresh from facing his fourth ball in
three weeks. Hopefully the poor young man will have finally
finished the washing up now too, having not foreseen the
value of paper plates on tea making duty day. Still, it
beats another evening glued to the headset and joypad.
There's very little to say about the next 25 overs, except
very well played to the Cross Gates batsmen, particularly
the young opener, who is unquestionably the best batsmen
we've seen so far this season, and the number three, who
provided able support at the other end. 130 for 1 and
cruising, without giving the home side a sniff, let alone
a genuine chance. However, one thing to be said about
the Saxton club is that despite a times a lack of cohesion,
there's never a shortage of spirit. Something that was
apparent during excellent return spells from the opening
pair DC and Dan H, the latter picking up a very well deserved
4 wickets courtesy of some tight and accurate seam bowling.
A case of too little too late as far as the result went,
but some pride restored, against a side who will challenge
at the top of the division this year.
Other positives from the day came in the form of a promising
debut from Mike, Dan H's engagment and pleasure at not
breaking a third bat this season, G-I-L-B-O engaging in
constructive conversation, Steve's hamstring not going
yet again, Sowerby's childlike sulk after being hit in
the chin, and Denno having a week off from trying to peddle
random Saxton merchandise.
Not to mention the prospect of a trip to Old Leo's next
And I hope I arent the only one with a craving for a Donner
Kebab at 9am on a Sunday morning.'