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Match Report

Sat 6th July 2013

Divison 2

Saxton 215/6 beat South Milford 136 aall out

''On the back of two demoralising defeats, Saxton travelled the short distance to local rivals South Milford in desperate need of League points. The only change to the team saw Alex Mook, complete with Driving Iron in hand take the place of DC, missing only his second game since the Industrial Revolution.

With skipper Potter running late due to a hangover, having elected to take in a 20-20 game at Headingley the previous evening, rather than doing the sensible thing and taking a trip to the gym in 35 degree heat, Steve Hills deputising at the toss thankfully called correctly, somewhat under pressure from his teammates who seemed rather desperate not to take to the field first in searing heat. The one exception being vocal fielding enthusiast Liam Bishop.

As we all know, when Saxton bat literally anything can happen. And so was the case once again, but this time it was all positive, with opening partnership Ball, who deserves ultimate credit for even leaving the house in that weather with his hair colour being as it, and that man Bishop really taking the game to the South Milford bowlers. Both playing very positively, and displaying an impressive mixture of power hitting and textbook cricket strokes in achieiving the away side's highest partnership of the season. Even with the departure of Ball for a few runs short of a deserved half century, the momentum wasn't halted, with born again batsmen Harold Fletcher, revelling in conditions more suited to the country of his birth helping Liam to take the score past three figure mark.

Sadly Harry wasnt able to push on to a big score, which resulted in the now customary twenty minutes of suicidal self loathing and declarations of hatred for the sport. In walked the skippper in need of runs, and runs he get. 26 of them, or 40 if you listen to the lovestruck ramblings of young Jimmy Leonard in the scoreboard, who was clearly never presented with an abacus on 25th December as a child. However, lets not detract from the quality of the batting performance of the Saxton team, which included some rare but very impressive gap finding and running in the middle order, initiated in the main by Potter and Hills. The latter replacing Bishop after an excellent innings of 60. He must have been quite pleased with it himself as his bat remained under firm control even when he got back inside the dressing room. Hills carried on where Liam left off effectively, guiding his team through the remember of the 45 overs, with some clever batting and forceful hitting, aided by cameos from the British Fletcher and Danny 'Courtney' Walsh, the latter scrambling between the wickets like a Jamaican 100m runner in the final few overs. And ironically, physically resembling one.

214-7, and the highest score of the season so far, despite the best efforts of Jimmy and the umprires on occasion, who seemed to be distracted by the Caribbean like conditions . It probably could have been more too, but after recent weeks it was a very brave and commendable effort overall, on a wicket which wasnt as batsman friendly as it initially appeared.

Once again praise has to be bestowed on the tea maker/s for another fine effort. The Chocolate Cake was particularly delightful, and certainly helped to renew the energies of Saxton side ahead of what was likely to be a tough second half of the game against a strong looking Milford batting line up.

Effort. committment and desrire where going to be key, along with concentration on a day where it would have been easy to let the mind drift to the prospect of a cold shower (the Second Team Captain excluded) and a refreshing alcoholic beverage.

And in the main, Saxton showed just those qualities. Credit firstly to the opening bowlers Hewer and Potter for taking crucial early wickets to put the home side on the back foot, despite the former looking in desperate need of a defibrilator after bowling 8 balls. One of the wickets thanks to a fine and very nonchalant one handed catch from Hannah at point, off the skipper's slower ball. 40-4 and Saxton in control. Even more so with dangermen Morley, still recovering after a valiant tussle with a stone wall and Bramley now back in the dressing room.

A control they never really let slip, despite a charismatic and fluent innings from Dan White, which included some very eye catching drives. Wickets kept falling at crucial times though, including that of talented Keeper/Batsmen Paul Ebden off the bowling of Hills, during another characteristically economic spell. With Potter setting the example in the field with the instigation of two run outs, one courtesy of a fine direct hit, the writing looked on the wall for the South Milford run chase.

And that was to be the case, with a now recovered Hewer coming back on to take the final two wickets in a threatening second spell. An 80 run win, and a very decent performance all round. The fielding perhaps could have been tighter, as mentioned in the changing rooms afterwards by the skipper whilst Bishop scrambled to close the door to prevent the local children being made party to his rather hairy anatomy. But we can hardly complain can we, a big three points and a massive improvement. Well done everyone involved. The challenge now is to repeat that type of performance on a more consistent basis, starting at home to leaders Kirk Hammerton on Saturday, in a game that we CAN win.

A well deserved drink, which always seems to taste so much sweeter after a victory was had firstly in the 'Thack' and then in the Greyhound, with tales of Gareth throwing up after batting for eleven minutes providing the main form of entertainment'.

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