Sat 22th June 2013
Thorner 107 all out
Saxton 90 all out
'Saxton travelled to bogey
side Thorner in bouyant mood after last week's excellent
and victorious bowling performance which brought six valuable
league points. Subsequently, hopes were high of recording
back to back victories for the first time in the 2013
season. Changes to the team saw young Jake Hardman and
Hannah Buck come in for Mike Engel and Harold Fletcher,
the latter still recovering from a nasty bout of Herpes
follwing his recent 18-30 holiday to the delectable resort
Faced with a wicket that looked more suited to hosting
an amateur Rugby game, Captain Potter sensibly elected
to put Thorner into bat. Despite a couple of short breaks
for rain, the away side continued in the same vein as
they left off seven days previous, putting immediate pressure
on the Thorner batsmen and making scoring difficult. With
opening bowler Hewer (below) proving impossible to get
away and constantly beating the outside edge it seemed
only a matter of time before wickets started to tumble.
And that proved to be the case, with that man Hewer trapping
the left handed opener plumb in front attempting to sweep,
and following it up with two further quick wickets, one
bowled and the other caught by unsighted keeper Sowerby
at the bottom of the sloping pitch. With DC chipping in
with his customary wicket at the other end, Saxton had
grasped control of the innings. And despite aggressive
cameos from the number 6 and 7 it was a control they weren't
Hewer picked up a much deserved fourth not long after,
with the skipper taking a couple at the other end with
the help of two catches from Matt Ball and a superbly
disguised slower ball. It was then left to paceman Daniel
'Winston' Walsh and Steve Hills to finish the job off,
something they did in style. The former bowling a hostile
spell on a quick and unpredictable track, and deservedly
capturing two wickets in the process, one courtesy off
a super leg cutter which was simply too good for the previously
stoic number ten. Much credit must go to the Thorner number
5 though who provided obdurate resistance until the very
end, despite taking several blows to various parts of
his body, and was only eventually undone by a wicked,
turning off break from the spinning fingers of Hills.
It's perhaps only fair to say the away side were for once
perhaps the beneficiaries of a couple of dubious decisions,
but that doesnt detract from another superb bowling and
fielding performance which restricted Thorner to a paltry
107. One other thing that did pleasantly surprise the
away side during the first innings of the game was the
entrance of previous captain Fitzpatrick, so often the
scorer of important runs against the side from the Dennison
Oval, coming in seemingly inexplicably at number eleven.
Talk over another enjoyable tea, something that has certainly
improved en masse across the division this year, was of
batting solidy and not losing early wickets. When it comes
to Saxton though talk is sadly cheap. Even more so when
it comes to chasing down a total, a phenomenon that occurs
less frequently than leap years.
With a distraught looking Liam departing early, the pressure
was on. Bally got settled but then got out, as unfortunately
did top scorer Hills (captured below) despite a very promising
start which included some rather eye catching boundaries.
And i'm afraid that was the tale of the rest of the innings,
once again despite starts from several other batsmen.
We simply cannot chase for some unfathomable reason. Credit
must go to Thorner though for a very good performance
with the ball and in the field, with Ali picking up four
Saxton scalps in an excellent spell. In fact if it hadnt
been for a swashbuckling cameo of 24, which included one
huge six, at the end from the away team's West Indian
all rounder Walsh, the final score would have been very
embarassing indeed. 90 all out an unlikely point gained.
Still no consolation though against a team we always seem
to struggle against. Motivation levels for the return
game later in the season will have risen dramatically
though thanks to a rather unsporting Thorner match report,
which was somewhat surprising after a hard fought game
played in good spirits. Looking at the spelling and grammar
used though, it was clearly apparent that the reporter
is either still at school, or had left before Engllish
Literature had reached the curriculum.
So onto the Greyhound and Cumin Lounge to drown our sorrows
in Lager and Curry. And then for some a therapeutic walk
from Sherburn with Daft Punk's number one fan Liam providing
the entertainment with all singing and all dancing performance
through the dark and picturesque streets, and in Mr Bishop's
case the graveyard too.
The next 24 hours featured crisp overdoses, dreadful t-shirts
being replaced by hi-vis jackets, surprise encounters
with Nige, hog roasts and the most horrific noise in history.
But that's a different story altogether.
See you at Church Fenton on Saturday for a hopefully a
much better performance. That's if one of their batsmen
doesnt poach all our players in the next four days that
is of course.'