Sat 15th June 2013
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
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.