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Match Report

Sat 22th June 2013

Divison 2

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 of Magaluf.

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 to lose.

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.'

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