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Sat 17th August 2013

Hillam 174 All Out.... Saxton 70odd/2 then the rain came

Divison 2

.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 surely.

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"

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