Cricket: League winners Haxey lose to Spa

Cricket stock photo. Cricket ball against boundary  rope. (d14051261)
Cricket stock photo. Cricket ball against boundary rope. (d14051261)

Reigning champions Haxey were brought back down to earth after suffering a five wicket defeat at the hands of Woodhall Spa.

When Skipper Mark Atkins lost the toss, Haxey supporters feared the worst knowing that batting second would be much easier on a typical Woodhall Spa track.

This proved to be the case when it took 20 overs for the Haxey top order to reach 50.

Only the entry to the fray of the experienced Graeme Attenborough caused the tempo to increase and when he was joined at the crease by the enigmatic Pete Harvey, the score began to rocket along.

However, when Harvey was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 46 off the bowling of first class cricketer, Northamptonshire CCC’s Lee Daggett, Attenborough was left to nurse a very long tail.

When he was out caught on the long-off boundary by Sri Lankan test player, Prasanna Jayawardene for an attractive 99, the writing was on the wall and the innings was soon ended with Haxey’s score being 212-8.

When Woodhall began their reply, it was obvious that the track had dried out and the first wicket did not fall until 72 runs were on the scoreboard - the wicket falling to Haxey junior, Ethan Tonks for his first ECB level wicket. He will always be appreciative of the brilliant catch to get the dismissal by Graeme Attenborough at cover.

This brought current Sri Lankan Test batsman Jayawardene to the crease and he exhibited the qualities of an elite player - scoring a fine 65 - before he got too far across his wicket and was bowled by South African opener, Josh Savage. One for his scrapbook!

Haxey’s bowlers continued to get little help from the wicket and Woodhall Spa reached their target with 11 overs to spare, having lost five wickets.

Haxey will need to improve on Saturday at Haxey Lane, when they entertain Market Deeping.

Report submitted by Don Lange of Haxey CC.

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