Sat 6th July 2013
Saxton 215/6 beat South Milford 136 aall
''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
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
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'.