Sat 1st Jun 2013
Saxton 156/8 beat Hillam
skies and sunshine strangely welcomed the visit of fellow
high fliers Hillam to the Dennison, sorry Saxton Oval
on Saturday afternoon. Another rather unfamiliar sight
was half the home side warming up in the nets an hour
before the game was due to commence. Others however, chose
to watch and smoke.
Team changes saw Saxton welcome back Chris Johnstone,
complete with £40 (not £10) bat, Sowerby fresh
from an afternoon in a tutu , Andrew Jackson on debut,
and tea maker for the day, Harold Fletcher. It was also
pleasing to hear that Liam B had also managed to make
his flight to Croatia, as opposed to jumping in the River
Aire pockets laden with heavy objects, which seemed a
distinct possibility after last week's fixture. All rounder
Dan Hewer also missed his first game of the season, choosing
to seek his Saturday aMUSEment elsewhere.
Captain Potter, upon winning the toss sensibly chose to
make first use of the typical looking low and slow Saxton
As has been the case in the majority of games this season,
the opening pair provided the Saxton side with a steady
platform, although unfortunately weren't able to really
push on with Potter trapped in front in the tenth over.
In walks Harry, in previous seasons known more for his
off break bowling and suicidal strops than batting. How
things change though, with the 'Boy from Beijing' looking
composed and confident from the outset, despite wickets
falling at the other end. Hills (20), Jackson, who looked
impressive considering by his own admission that this
was only his sixth game of the current millenium ,and
Dennison getting starts, although the latter finding it
hard to concentrate on the actual game with us only now
a matter of weeks before the official opening of his palatial
Although neither Baxter, returning from the more serene
Saturday afternoon pastime of amateur Rugby League, nor
Saxton's own version of Barry Middleton, Chris J were
able to add to the total, Harry continued to flourish
at the other end, displaying a mixture of solid defence,
with some lovely drives, flicks and late cuts to keep
the home side in it against an effective if not exceptionally
penetrative Hillam attack. Thankfully support came at
the other end in the form of veteran all rounder DC, and
a cameo from job seeking (still) Danny Walsh, fresh from
spending the last hour telling everyone who wanted to
listen, plus those who didnt, how much caffeine and nicotine
result in you needing to go to the toilet. A final total
of 153 for 8, which although competitive initially seemed
perhaps 25-30 runs shy, despite a very slow outfield.
The final word should go to young Harry though for his
first senior half century, which ostensibly carried the
whole Saxton innings. And which will also result in the
first Mandarin name to appear on the Honours Board.
The aforementioned fellow also provided a very pleasant
and hearty tea too, with not a bowl of Chop Suey in sight,
which the majority of the team enjoyed in front of the
sixteenth viewing of the season of the 2009 Ashes series.
If anyone has any reasonable DVD's, either clean or blue,
please bring them for the next home fixture. Even a Songs
of Praise omnibus would do.
To clinch a desperarely needed and much sought after win,
Saxton would need to bowl and field collectively well,
with individuals also having to stand up and be counted.
And Dave C did just that, plus alot more. 16-5 after 12
overs, to the shock of both players and spectators alike.
All 5 courtesy of DC after a brilliant spell of seam bowling.
On three occasions the stumps were shattered, one plumb
LBW despite the protestations of the shell shocked number
3, and the final courtesy of a smart catch from young
Jimmy after the ball had been parried up by the aforementioned
opening bowler. Credit on that note should go to Jimmy
for an excellent and enthusiastic fielding performance
which really set the standard for his teammates, and completely
belied his Oliver Twist esque appearance.
Surely there was no way back for the Hillam side.
Wrong. This is Saxton, where nothing is easy. 20 overs
later and after a partnership of 87 between the excellent
Pugh and discplined number 7, the nerves were beginning
to jangle and shoulders starting to sag. Thankfully, it
was to be our day, with Pugh departing for a fluent half
century, smartly caught at square leg by Potter off the
bowling of Steve Hills, whose incredibly tight spell of
12 overs for 16 runs had really helped to keep Saxton
in the game. With the exhausted number 7 following soon
after, courtesy of a very calm catch from that man Fletcher
off the bowling of the skipper, Saxton were back in the
And this time there was no let up, with Walsh coming on
to bowl a sharp spell in a still quite pressurised situation,
which reaped the reward of 2 wickets. It was just left
to Potter, who had supported DC very effectively at the
start of the innings to take the final wicket, courtesy
of a sharp catch at Gully by a visibly delighted Hills
6 points, a great team performance and well deserved victory.
Well done to all involved. And hopefully something to
build now for the rest of the season. Even Dave the Dog
looked satisfied this week in the pub half an hour or
On a far more serious note though, Saxton's thoughts and
condolences go to the Sherburn Eversley club after the
tragic events that took place yesterday, Events that truly
put life into perspective'.