Saxton 'A' (6) v Crossgates 'A' (0)
Saturday 29th April 2017, Match Report by Dave Buck.
And so dear reader to Crossgates with hope in our hearts and and an
early win under our belts!
Upon examination the wicket looked as green as Gareth Bottomley after a
bottle of Jack Daniels and so Captain Briggs had no hesitation in
inviting Crossgates to bat. In the early exchanges Prak and Gopi moved
the ball off the wicket prodigiously with the ball moving sideways time
and again to beat the Crossgate openers. But all to no avail with the
aggressive Harker dealing in boundaries to get Crossgates off to a good
start. And then a piece of good luck with Gopi palming the ball onto the
stumps to run out the unlucky Smickersgill. The breakthrough made,
Saxton began to break the resistance of the Crossgate middle order.
As a wise old cricketer once said "Catches win matches" and so it came
to pass..... Saxton's fielding backed up this fine display of early
bowling - with James Leonard taking a wonder catch which included a
double Lutz and triple Salko getting maximum 6s from the judges. A catch
later in the innings was of equal note, much to the amazement of the
batter, as Chaston plucked a ball from the air that was disappearing
towards the ring road like a tracer bullet .
So now a bowling change with Chaston and Buck taking up the cudgel. This
pair are well matched with Buck taking 3 minutes to bowl an over and
Chaston taking 5 minutes to bowl one delivery. Matters were not helped
as bowling up hill Phil Chaston resembled Sherpa Tensing on the first
ascent of Everest. He has tried requesting Crampons and an oxygen mask
from the Saxton website but all to no avail. However, Denno has assured
him they will be available, "very soon".
With Chaston keeping a tight rein on the scoring, Buck was able to show
some improved bowling from the previous week. This spell was in direct
contrast to the now infamous "five for" of last week. More pies were
seen in this haphazard bowling display than at a Desperate Dan Birthday
party. Buck's forlorn attempt at justification, "Look in the book" did
not impress his team mates nor any of his victims.
With Buck actually bowling at the stumps and Jack Walmsley enticing the
batters to play false shots pitching the ball outside off stump the
innings was wrapped up at 84.
And now it was Saxton's turn to use the wicket with Gopi and Buck
opening - two batters with contrasting styles. Gopi batted as if he had
a train to catch and Buck as if ASLEF had called another strike. A good
start - but the Crossgates bowlers now sensed an upset with Saxton's
openers dismissed. Phil Chaston given out LBW, James Leonard looking
good but then returning a catch to the bowler, Nige Gilbertson nicking
one to his wicketkeeping counterpart.
Will there be life after Brexit? What is the meaning of Life? Will John
and Kayleigh get together in Carshare? Was this to be a Saxton collapse?
Of course not with Hutton and Smith seeing the innings through to its
winning conclusion. Dave Smith was so intent on ensuring a victory that
he ran 2 winning runs. Smith's mastery of the written word was never in
doubt however his grasp of mathematics has been called into question!
And so back to the Greyhound with lashings of Ginger Beer and Sam Smiths
- talk of titles, taking one game at a time, and corridors of