The Dave Jackson Cup? Is he dead I hear you ask? Is there something readers of this report need to know?
We can report that Dave Jackson is not dead but this cup was a great opportunity for the players of Agnes to say thank you to Dave or “The Manager” by naming this cup in his honour. With this game being played in Harvest it meant that a lot of the travelling circus were unable to attend. The Skipper, Charlie Watts and Albert (who has been retired for a good year now) were all busy threshing.
Agnes arrived and elected to bat on a glorious evening. Will Norman was joined at the crease by Yorkshire under 13 super star Noah Kelly. Kelly tapped the singles and Norman thumped the sixes. When Kelly was out the runs continued to flow. Jamie Nesfield was given LBW to a very dubious decision, Sam Wragg played some magnificent ramp shots and Matt Nesfield remembered what end of the bat to hold. Agnes ended their 18 overs on a very respectable 168.
Flixton in reply got off to the worst start possible. A fired up Jamie Nesfield removed both Harry Walmsley with a seed and James Clark was removed with the help of a Will Norman wonder catch. When Tom Norman removed Chris Mann and Connor Stephenson was bowled by Ollie Becketts Flixton decided to wave the white flag.
This act of surrender is rarely seen on a cricket field and the game looked like it was going to descend into a farce. Some tactical bowling changes and slack fields allowed Flixton to reply with a respectable score. This was mostly thanks to talented 15 year old Elliot Hatton doing what he does best; hitting muck.
Hands were shook and umpires were thanked. Mel Brown spoke eloquently and all the lads thanked The Manager for all he has done.
Tonight was about The Manager and in the famous words of Agnes, cricket was the winner.