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Match Report

Sat 15th June 2013

Divison 2

Saxton 110 all out
Kirk Deighton A 61 all out

'Dark clouds and threatening skies greeted the players as Saxton returned to Chateau Dennison for a must win game against basement club Kirk Deighton, who arrived with great confidence on the back of their first win of the campaign the previous weekend. On the team front, the home side welcomed back Sowerby, Hills now off the toilet, an unusually happy looking Liam fresh from a fortnight in Croatia, and sleep deprived new father Engel.

On a very green looking wicket, tossing expert Potter called correctly once again and decided to set a score. And after 15 overs it looked a very wise decision indeed with Saxton 60-0, and Bally and Liam settled and starting to score fluently, despite a brief enforced break thanks to a passing shower. 200 on the cards, maybe even more, even with a lush, wet outfield to contend with.

Don't be silly, this is Saxton where batting collapses are more regular than Denno after a Masala.

Both openers departed in quick succession, with Harry following soon after thanks to a misjudgement that he won't forget for some time. And neither will his team mates after the self loathing tirade that followed for the next thirty minutes. Anger then turning to tears as captured below. At least Mr Fletcher has a week of STI chasing in Magaluf coming up to help him get over.

As is usually the case, wickets then started to rapidly tumble, despite positive starts from the Skipper, Steve H and Mike. With young George not able to repeat last week's heroics, and DC given out dubiously LBW, even though it was quite clear to everyone this side of the Northern Hemisphere that he was outside the line of off stump, things started to look very bleak indeed.

And it wasn't to get any better either. With the lower order not able to offer much, not helped by Danny Walsh appearing to be dismissed with a bump ball, Saxton finished on an incredibly disappointing 110 all out. The only consolation being the fact that the wicket seemed to be getting increasingly more difficult to bat on.

Some hard words said in the dressing room afterwards, along with a rather inspirational rallying call by JP clearly had a a noticeable effect on the morale of the home side though, who looked untypically both motivated and determined when setting out onto the field after a very enjoyable tea courtesy of Di Crampton. The motivation levels also aided by a feeling that we had been somewhat hard done by with a couple of umpiring calls, and by the rather overly enthusiastic 'banter' delivered by Kirk Deighton, lead in the main by the vertically challenged Wicketkeeper. It's not often you see DC visibly riled (apart from when the weather necessitites an outfit that doesnt include shorts), let alone producing profanities for the first time in his 35 year career, but the behaviour of the aforementioned dwarf elicitied just that.

It must be said that the next two hours were some of the most enjoyable I can remember as a Saxton player, with every man showing grit, resolve and endeavour, and all working as a unit to produce a fine bowling and fielding performance to completely wrestle control of the game, and earn a massively needed 6 points. It's fair to say the away side never even came close to looking like they were going to chase down the seemingly paltry total.

Much credit must go to all four bowlers, with openers Hewer and DC taking early scalps and reducing Kirk Deighton to 15-3 after 16 overs. The frustration building amongst the batsmen was quite visibly apparent, particularly by the left handed opener whose innings made Jonathan Trott resemble Adam Gilchrist in terms of strike rate. Watching his fellow opener throw his bat in the direction of Sherburn after being given out LBW to a ball which would have hit halfway up middle stump also provided an entertaining prelude to the cricketing action.

With Potter and Hills continuing in the same vein when they took over with the ball, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, incuding the crucial one of the number 5 who had briefly looked quite dangerous, courtesy of a nasty and almost unplayable short ball from the fired up skipper.

With Hills taking the final two wickets, a jubilant Saxton had won the game, and more importantly showed what they are capable of when it really mattered. The next challenge is attempt to recreate that level of intensity every week now, starting against Thorner on Saturday. It's hard to single out anyone in the field as every player did what was required of them, plus a little bit more. The bowling in addition was absolutely outstanding, as shown by the figures at the end:

DC: 2-25 off 12
Dan: 2-16 off 9
Potter: 3-15 off 10
Hills: 3-7 off 7.3

A well deserved few drinks was enjoyed by all in the Thin Dog afterwards, with even Mike given a 'pass out' from parental duties for an hour, with conversation soon drifting to the pavillion opening and Denno's coronation next Sunday. A great day in store for all, but particularly for Chris and all the other club members who have put in the time and work over the course of the last couple of years which has resulted in the ground looking absolutely resplendent.

Well, depending on what JP and Danny Walsh have planned the night before that is.

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