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)
'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
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
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
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