Saxton 'A' (6) v Old Leodiensians 'A' (0)
Saturday 22nd April 2017, Match Report by David Smith
The father and daughter duo of Dave Buck and Hannah Buck
stole the show as Saxton A crushed Old Leodensians at home by 10 wickets on the opening day of the season. Hannah finished on 42 not out and Dave on 28 not out as Saxton effortlessly overhauled the small target of 88.
With the ball, the Bucks were also a force to be reckoned with. Hannah, fit and strong after winter conditioning, bowled quickly and consistently for her 1 for 22. Meanwhile, father Dave took 5-33 in slightly less conventional fashion. One wag described it as “the worst five-for I have ever seen”, but this is a tad unfair. It underestimates the cunning of the seasoned fox.
Dave’s slow, loopy wide deliveries invited Leos’ batsmen to commit hari-kari and they duly did so. Number three Justin Early was on 20 and going well when he threw the kitchen sink at a wide Buck delivery and it rebounded off various parts of his anatomy onto the stumps. Suffice to say he was not best pleased. But Dave also varied his attack, offering up one surprisingly conventional non-spinning offbreak that took the batsman by surprise and bowled him all ends up.
Meanwhile, the lithe and athletic Gopi bowled a superb opening spell that applied great pressure to Leos’ batsmen. Maiden followed maiden and Gopi finished the innings with two wickets for six runs from 11 overs. One looping inswinger had the bemused batsman playing down off and losing his leg stump. It was an early contender for the Champagne moment of the year. Phil Chaston, returning from injury, took over from Gopi and showed what an asset he can be for Saxton A this year. Showing something of the ploughman’s dogged persistence of Yorkshire’s Matthew Hoggard, Chaston finished with 2-18.
Leos struggled to hit boundaries. This was partly a result of Saxon’s accurate bowling, but there were also long patches of grass in the outfield, which had largely been mown by a flock of sheep. Only one player in the match found the fence regularly - Hannah Buck
, who has worked hard on her batting over the winter. Her bat rang with the sweet sound of shots being middled and timed to perfection. Dave followed in her wake, but he was no slouch and his form bodes well for Saxton A.
Finally, an honourable mention must go to Saxton wicketkeeper Nigel, who barely put a foot wrong and stumped one batsmen cruelly inches out of his ground. Later in the season, Nigel’s bruises may make his diving more tentative. An excellent tea was enjoyed by all, too, with delicious homemade caramel shortbreads and cakes.