Saxton (5) v Kirk Hammerton (1)
Saturday 29th April 2017, Match Report by Gareth Bottomley
Game day week 2 and Saxton welcomed the visit of Kirk Hammerton to the Denisson Oval. This is always a hard fought fixture and today was going to be no different. We knew we would have to play well as the visitors nearly chased down 220 in week one.
Saxton welcomed back Matt Ball replacing the injured Steve Hills but apart from that were unchanged from Week 1.
So things learnt from last week, thermals were definitely not the order of the day and Toddy’s choice of suitable socks for cricket is something to behold. Also to note will £10 cricket spikes last 21 games and the first kit transaction of the season took place but Ian did have to buy trousers from Sports Direct and sell them to Nick.
So to the toss and I kept up my 100% record to date and promptly lost it. Saxton were asked to bat first with Kirk Hammerton taking the field with only 10 men as Chris Main was at the back of the peloton following the tour de Yorkshire round Tadcaster.
So to bat first on what looked like an August wicket not April with an outfield which appears to have been imported from Kevins house in New Jersey, I’m not sure the radioactive yellow look really suits a cricket field.
Bally started well with 6 off the first over, then first ball Chris got a juicy full toss that ended up straight down square legs throat. 6 for 1 isnt that where we were last week! Toddy strode to the middle only to pull a quad (or break a toenail not sure which) very early in his innings. I joined Bally and set about rebuilding again. Matt was hitting the ball beautifully to all parts whilst I scratched about again but didn’t give as many chances as last week. Matt was eventually bowled by a beauty for 46. Enter Ian with his shiny new boots. I went soon after for 34 and Nick joined Ian but didn’t last long. Denno went in finally using a decent bat rather than the tree he usually wields and played brilliantly for 44 not out, he was really well supported by Toddy going back in, Dany Hewer and an excellent cameo from Oliver for 18 not out at the end. So at the end of the first innings we finished with 231 for 8.
All we had to do now was bowl Kirk Hammerton out and another 6 points would be ours, however the visitors had other ideas. Chris Main got a snorter from Josh and Liam chipped the ball to Ian again off Josh, 2 early wickets and Oliver bowling tightly at the other end we were definitely on top for the first 12 overs. Alex Bramley the visitors number 3 had other ideas and battered fantastically for 109 ably supported at the other end. Dan H fist spell was shakey but Ian kept the runs down from the pavilion end picking up 2 useful wickets, one ably assisted by a great running catch from Oliver. Danny W replaced Dan and having worked hard on Wednesday night with his run up bowled a controlled spell with no luck only Alex getting the best of him.
6 overs to go 60 to win and with Alex still at the crease the visitors were favourites. The was a bit of bad luck for Kieran as his back leg collapsed on him whilst playing a shot he had to be helped from the field and we wish him a speedy recovery. By this time we had all the fielders on the boundary but Alex was still finding the gaps or going over the fielders for 6. Then with about 30 needed Josh took a crucial catch on the boundary and Alex was out. Down to the final over Josh to bowl 210 for 7 22 to win 6 balls. Ball 1 single, Ball 2 “6” smashed into the field by the left hander 15 off 4, ball 3 Wicket cleaned bowled, ball 4 dot, ball 5 single ball 6 wicket. A 5 point win by 13 runs but it could have been so different.
A great game of cricket closely fought in a good spirit. Well done to all involved.
Roll on Week 3 away at Crompark
Points from the game.
1. Batting partnerships again were excellent 5 payers scoring over 25 gets us a competitive score.
2. Catches win matches 2 excellent ones this week, Oliver and Josh but again we have shelled too many chances and in close games we cannot afford to do this.
3. Ground fielding was mainly good but we need to work on this in training this week.
4. Injury updates: Steve is hopefully fit for next week, that the good news. Toddy pulled a quad, I have pulled my hamstring and am currently doubtful for Saturday, and Ian dislocated and possibly broke a finger on his left hand. We need a team physio for free and a bit of luck to have everyone fit for next week.