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Match Report

Sat 8th June 2013

Divison 2

Sicklinghall 263/5 beat Saxton 87All out

The picturesque surroundings of Sicklinghall greeted Saxton on the nicest day of the cricket season so far. Team news, was still in deepest darkest eastern europe, Sowerby was too busy earning a living, Hills taken ill early Saturday morning and young Jimmy returning to the seconds. In came Matt Ball, Dan Hewer, Lord Thomas Dennison plucked from grouse hunting as a last minute replacement for Hills and debuting Alex Mook and George Fletcher. A quick inspection of the wicket discovered it was flatter than the M1, surely a day for watching the batters boost there averages. Well that would have been if Saxton had won the toss. The game started in sombre mood with a minutes silence for the tragic events at Sherburn the previous week.

Saxton started well with DC in particular bowling a tight line, perhaps unlucky to just pick up the 1 wicket. As has been the case with Saxton this season generous fielding let the opposition get away. Andy Wood being dropped 3 times. Hewer managed to drop him twice in 1 ball. Walsh and Mook the other culprits. Also aswell he should have been run out by Fletcher of the Harry variety who somehow aimed for the sightscreen instead of the wicket keepers gloves. To be fair Wood though he made the most of his extra lifes and made a brilliant 119 not out. He was supported by the talented George Barton who was good for 30 until Harry bamboozled him in the flight to give Bally one of the worst stumpings in the history of the game, and Aayan Siddiqui whose brutal 44 not out helped take the game away from Saxton. Hewer and Potter bearing the brunt of the onslaught with the last 4 overs going for 61 runs. Sicklinghall ended on 263-5 a par score on flat wicket with a lightening outfield.

Sicklinghall provided an excellent tea one of the best we have had this season. So if Saxton were going to mount a challenge on this imposing total a good start was imperative. So when Ball loosely flashed at the 2nd ball from the sharp left armer and edged through to slip the writing was on the ball. Potter and Harry soon followed again both edging to slip. Chris Denno was ran out for 0 perhaps wanting to get out of the sun. When Hewer tamely chipped the off spinner to mid wicket Saxton were 20-5. It took George Fletcher on his 1st team debut to muster some credibility with a composed 40 not out. Another highlight was Lord Thomas Dennison hitting the only 6 of our innings. When Mook was stumped trying to hit the ball to York Saxton were 87 all out. The only smile in the visitors camp was Harry who had promised to ride a bull back to the Greyhound had George reached his 50 (its only a matter of time Harry).

The positives to take from this game were of course George's batting and Saxtons attempt to win the sportmanship award by dropping the best players in the opposition is going well.

Next week is now a must win.

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