Saxton v Kippax
Saturday 3rd June 2017, Match Report by Dan Hewer.
This weeks match report is brought to you by deep heat and ibuprofen.
Kippax at home another local derby, they would provide a different test to Sherburn the previous week, however with possibly being at full strength Saxton went into this game full of confidence. There was no room for Gareth and his bike in the team (please insert that picture of Gareth on his bike here). So it was up to Dan to keep his 100% record of loosing the toss, he was not one to disappoint and Kippax decided to take first use of the Saxton wicket which resembled the M1 despite the previous days rain.
Kippax got of to off to a flyer as Josh did his best Oliver Reed impression and was struggling to decide what was the best strip to land it on out of the 4 he was seeing. The skipper came on and removed the opener but then disaster struck in the same over when he became the first of many to go down injured when his calf went.
Ol was next to go down with a dodgy hamstring, but return after being patched up. Hillsy brought into the attack who was bowling well with the stand in skipper who was no bowling questionable off spin.
At the first drinks Kippax were 88-2 if they managed to bat there overs out Saxton would be staring down at a large chase.
But Steve Hills and Dan slowed the rate right down by the next drinks Kippax had only added an extra 50 runs.
Steve Hills was next to join the every growing injury list when he took a nasty looking knock to his thumb.
Once Ol concentrated on his bowling he produced a really good spell of fast bowling to finish with a well deserved 6for, Dan took 2, Hillsy and Oliver Reed took 1 a piece, Kippax finished on 205 all out, then general opinion was that was about 40 under par.
Despite the home changing room looking like a scene from casualty, spirits were high as the opening pair of Ball and Borrowdale walked out to get Saxtons chase under way. Matt got us to the perfect start clipping the 1st ball for 4. However it was all down hill from there down to a mixture of good bowling and half hearted batting. Respectability only achieved by Dan Todd and some lusty hitting down the order from Oli. It was almost like he had someone to impress.
Not much of an inquest required this week simply outplayed.
Lot of questions ahead of next weeks big local derby at Church Fenton, such as
Can we go a game without anyone getting injured?
Will we chase down a total again?
Who will get the TCF award?
Do bails add flavour to left over pasta?
And will Jimmy ever go to Sheffield?