Sat 17th August 2013
Hillam 174 All Out....
Saxton 70odd/2 then the rain came
.So with Saxton now mathematically
safe and highly unlikely chance of mounting a serious
promotion challenge, there was little to play for but
local pride in the visit to Hillam. Team news and Jimmy
was missing choosing to take a holiday to get over his
whirlwind romance with the Milford scorer, Fletch had
finally finished his never ending holiday but had chosen
to go to a pretend festival, Baxters drug ban had returned
to the world of amateur rugby league and Liam decided
a boozy Saturday in Leeds was a better option than wet
Saturday in Hillam. With no game for the seconds it gave
Saxton the opportunity to call upon the "experience"
of Phil Chaston and Samit Patels body double, Gareth Bottomley,
also gave a return to Nick "Quagmire" Sowerby.
The wicket was a strange 1 to read, cracked and dry but
very green and with the weather about perhaps a surprise
when Saxton was asked to bowl first. So it was over to
Hewer and Crampton to make the most of the muggy conditions.
Saxton would of made a perfect start aswell, had Alex
Mook known we were playing away. As result we started
with 10 and a slip was sacrificed. And yes and edge flew
through slip to the boundary. Hewer was to get his revenge
an over later when the dangerous Pugh misjudged a drive
straight to Potters hands. Crampton was as accurate as
ever. 15 overs in and the first stop for rain. Gave Danny
Walsh the chance to listen to his Liverpool side top the
premier league for an hour. Back out and the ball had
all of a sudden stopped swinging. The hooping full pitched
deliveries from early had turned into half volleys and
were getting dispatched with ease over the lightening
outfield towards to the short boundaries. All of a sudden
Saxton were slack. gone had the intensity from recent
weeks. Highlighted by Danny Walsh's 2 dropped catches.
(There were other culprits) Hillam were looking at score
of around 220. After Potter had picked up a couple of
crucial wickets, he rolled the dice by turning Dan Todd
. The gamble paid off first ball, with Dan removing the
main stay of Hillam's innings, the young talented Frankland.
So with that Hillams innings limped to a below par 174
all out. 4 more wickets for Hills 3 for Potter 2 for Todd
and the 1 for Hewer represented a good fight back for
Saxton. 1 disappointment was the fact the league had not
sent usany umpire.
Another good tea, something that has improved dramatically
throughout the league, saw Danny Walsh channel his inner
Harry Fletcher and go and find solace in Hillams old pavilion.
The mood during the break was confident despite the fact
that the last time Saxton successfully chase a down a
score Berlin was separated by a giant wall.
So it was down Saxtons 57th opening partnership of the
season to get us on our way, last week's hero Matt Ball
and Gareth to face the new ball. When Matt and Potter
fell quite early, Saxton were fearing the usual batting
second woes. However Hills and Gareth, who was now sweating
profoundly, had other ideas. With calm sensible batting,
pinching singles and punishing the bad ball. Saxton had
gained a position of control. More rain came to Gareth's
relief who was struggling to work out if he had faced
20 overs all season, let alone in 1 match. As the rain
came heavier and we waited the inevitable, conversation
turned Denno and what he does for entertainment, after
in emerged he would spend this Saturday evening surveying
a loft. Also a worry is the alarming number of clubs having
pavilions burned down and then Mr Dennison turning up
shortly after to sell them a new one. Just coincidence
The inevitable came play was finally abandoned. A drink
with the hosts were those not suffering from shock at
paying £3.40 a pint, enjoyed the view behind the
bar. Then to the greyhound and pictures of DC when he
worked as Tom Selleck lookalike and Steve Hills with hair.
Abit later on in the evening Potter summoned the spirit
of Churchill in a passionate speech directed at 1 former
player. They’ll be nobody leaving in a hurry for
fear of Potter.
A big challenge next week as we welcome table topping
Sicklinghall to fortress Dennison, where a good performance
is important to prevent our season from petering out now
safety has been assured. It may need another Churchill
inspired speech from the skipper. "WE WILL FIGHT
THEM IN GREYHOUND"