Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Ecton Hall
St Michael's stormed to a second consecutive victory at Ecton Hall on Saturday.
Captain Ian Geddes lost the toss and the home skipper had no hesitation in asking his opposite number to bat first. St Michael's made a steady start, despite Dale Harrison almost running himself out in the first over of the day. However he didn't last much longer, being bowled playing a nothing sort of shot to a nothing sort of delivery. Matt Collier soon followed, being trapped LBW by veteran umpire Steve Cox.
Vince Cross and Andy Marnewick were going along nicely, before a sudden breakdown in communication saw the young Springbok run out for 12, Cross looking on forlornly at the non striker's end. Dave Tebbutt failed to impress during a brief innings despite some nice off drives early on. The rest of the innings fell away after Cross was eventually out for 41, the tail failing to wag in any shape or form.The Ecton Hall reply was delayed due to the late return to the ground of Martin Baker and Dave Tebbutt, stuck in traffic after a brief visit to Tebbutt's local mansion in Earls Barton. Skipper Ian Geddes was not impressed.
In reply, Ecton Hall were progressing nicely until skipper Geddes brought the en retard Baker into the attack. And the lateness was soon forgotten as he took 2 wickets in his second over, and a third soon after to leave Ecton reeling on 40 for 3. A fourth wicket was almost had, but a seemingly simple caught and bowled attempt was put down after Baker lost the ball in the sun.
A brave decision by Geddes to bring the wayward Tom Marlow into the attack soon paid off, as a long hop was send down the throat of Dale Harrison to remove opener Wills.
St Michael's tails were up. Andy Marnewick continued his impressive start to the season by taking 3 quick wickets, before an over officious Ecton player brought the young bowler directive to the attention of the umpire, and he had to be withdrawn from the attack.
But skipper Geddes had one more trick up his sleeve, bringing Baker back into the attack. And he cleaned up the tail with 2 more wickets to wrap up the innings and the match, finishing up with 5 for 24.
Two wins out of 2, and the bandwagon continues next week at home to Prims XLCR II at Weston Favell.