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Match Report

Sat 13th July 2013

Saxton 241-7 (6) (Matt Ball 80, Liam Bishop 62, Liam Fisher 4-65) beat Kirk Hammerton 96 all out (0) (Dan Hewer 6/24, Dave Crampton 4/50)

Divison 2

'For most of the Saxton players, preparation for the weekend's game usually starts at around 1.27pm on a Saturday with either light catching practice or a cigarette. For opener Bishop however, this begins on the sofa after the watershed the evening before, with the melodic and soothing tones of Charles Colville providing ample motivation for his nocturnal endeavours. Something which needs to now continue for the remainder of the season.

Sadly for young Harold, Matt Ball's didnt start until ten minutes after the scheduled start of the game due to a missing pair of boots. A situation which resulted in the former being asked to open the batting after skipper Potter thankfully called correctly on a blisteringly hot day. A tough afternoon in store against top of the table Kirk Hammerton.

And things didn't start well, with the reluctant opener Sulk Ji Fletcher miss-timing a hook off the rather rapid bowling of Alex Bramley without troubling the scorers. Unsurprisingly, the bat went, followed by the gloves, in unision with a barrage of expletives. As younger brother George wisely commented: 'Not sure why he does that, as he's only got to come and pick it up'.

However that was to be the only black spot over the course of the next few hours. As Harry went to cheer himself up at the other side of the ground with the help of Sebastian Foulks, Bally (now with boots) and Liam took the game to Kirk Hammerton, with Matt taking a real liking to the pace generated by Bramley on a batters paradise of a track.

Usually in these positions a collapse is only just round the corner.

Not today however, with the two batters finding an appropriate equilibrium between patience and attacking intent to register the first 100 partnership of the year for the home side. Despite Bishop departing for a second half century in successive weeks, clearly keen to save his energies for his preferred part of the game later in the afternoon, Saxton did not let up, with the skipper coming in and immediately looking to increase the run rate. Another excellent partnership followed, much to the frustration of the away side who were beginning to suffer in the heat, evidenced by a number of dropped catches and misfields. A very good toss to win indeed.

Morley's finest employee finally fell for a brilliant 80, but by this point a score of 200+ was pretty much guaranteed. Thanks to a big hitting cameo from returning all rounder DC, fresh from a masoschistic 7 miles run at stupid o'clock earlier that morning, and eye catching contribution from George a final total of 241 was posted. A great effort in conditions which required consumate levels of concentration and application. Keeping the away side out in the field for the full compliment of overs was always going to be vital if we were going to have a chance of victory. Well done to the batsmen, especially after receiving plenty of criticism for perceived underperformance in previous games. A mention also has to be made in relation to the 'Saxton Buddha' Dan Hewer's need for a shower after facing a mammoth three balls. Fitness and conditioning training definitely a pre-requisite for the next off-season.

A mention also to Steve Hills for continuing the trend of recent delightful teas. Even though he was still cutting the Cucumber 15 overs into the Saxton innings. Oh and to Prack too for turning up at very late notice to ensure Saxton had 11 men on the field.

A massive effort now needed against a team with a record of scoring heavy runs this season. And what a start. Four balls in and dangerman Tom Main caught by a now perkier Harry off the bowling of DC. Much to the delight of the home faithful, including footwear fashionista Gareth, it didnt end there, thanks to a tantalising opening spell from the aforementioned seamer. One which reaped three more quick wickets, two caught behind surprisingly by Sowerby, and Fisher held by Potter at mid on. The latter dismissal providing the home side with great satisfaction after the Kirk Hammerton skipper's unecessary and somewhat unsavoury behaviour during the first innings of the game. 25-4 and in total control.

Alex Bramley seemed to think differently however, hitting his first two balls for six in an exciting and equally impressive display of power hitting, despite his team's somewhat perilous position. A display which started to cause a few moments of unease within the home team's ranks.

For a second week running though Saxton were not to let it slip, with the next 20 minutes belonging to a revitalised Dan Hewer, justifying the faith of the captain who had considered removing him from the attack for his own physical well being after 12 deliveries. Full, accurate and penetrative bowling brought about a deserved six wickets in a devastating five over spell, including that of dangerman Bramley, expertly snaffled by slips maestro Matt Ball. This whilst the spectators were on their way to Sherburn to look for the match ball, which Bramley had earlier dispatched effortlessly over the field off the bowling of Caribbean born paceman Walsh, whose previous evening exploits had not proved as rewarding on the cricket field as Liam's.

91 all out and an absolutely cracking performance from the Saxton side. Hopefully a sign of things to come for the second half of the season, which has certainly started in good style. It was very disappointing though to see the away side's skipper not present to shake hands alongside his teammates as the sides left the field, despite the game being played in good spirits in testing and draining weather. A lack of sporting decency i'm afraid, mirroring his lack of a
decent barber.

More importantly on to the Greyhound for a richly deserved beer and entertaining conversation about Denno's love life and new found pencil eating hobby. I wonder if anyone ended up in the caravan later in the evening.

Now its on to Cross Gates next week. Let's keep this run going boys.'

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